"A shoot will grow up from the stump of Jesse; a branch will sprout from his roots."
-Isaiah 11:11 CEB
There was a time when Israel was looking for a king.
They looked for the powerful and found Saul. Only Saul was not the right one.
They looked for strength and age in Jessie's sons, only that wasn't right either.
Instead, the right choice was the smallest and youngest son: David.
This is how God works. God's choice isn't based on our standards. God will choose the least of these; the last becoming first. This became most clear when that line, the last born shoot of Jessie (King David), would be the line of Joseph. The same Joseph that would marry Mary, and give birth to the Son of God, Jesus.
I bet you were wondering when I would finally get the real story of Advent, to a baby born in a manger. Here we are, almost half way there, and it was all part of the "real story." From The Beginning to a New Beginning, God's story has echoed. We need only put our standards aside to let God work.
What are some ways we can put our standards aside so God has room to act?
Dear Creative God,
Help us remember Your story is vast and deep. We cannot possibly know the true beginning or ending. We can only hope to be the best players in your epic discourse.