(Blog Post by Stan Kellner – www.stankellner.com)
Read Luke 2
I’m always fascinated by new words that are introduced into our vocabulary. Recently, I’ve been hearing more often than ever the phrase “man-cave” or “chic-cave”.
The basic idea is a place where there is total dedication (perhaps even bordering on obssession) with the person’s interests, like cars, surfboards, etc.
Some years ago I “toured” the man-cave of a neighbor. As the garage door opened you could almost hear the angels sing. As the door rose more and more of the garage was revealed. I was actually stunned at first.
Black and white checkered floor. A real live (refurbished) juke-box. A 57 Chevy in absolute mint condition. Posters on the wall dating back to the 50’s in mint condition. The list goes on. (Never been in a chic-cave so I have no clue what I’d find there – don’t know, don’t wanna no).
I’ll bet you didn’t know that 2000 years ago there was a special, different cave that would change the hearts of mankind – A BABY-CAVE. Yup! A BABY-CAVE.
Stan, what in the world are you talking about? Glad you asked.
I love nativity scenes but the reality is they don’t do justice to what the place was like in which God chose to bring forth His Son through a young virgin named Mary.
Bethlehem, the place of Jesus’ birth, was a very desolate place. I wish I could tell you that when Joseph and Mary were directed to a “stable” as we call it, that it was a nice, clean well-lit place – a place appropriate for the King of Kings to be born.
Not so much…
It was a cave…a cold stone cave…a dark and dingy cave…filled with animal smells and dirt…not quite like the peaceful, sterile birthing rooms of today.
(Sample of a feeding trough that would have been in the Manger. This is where Jesus would have been placed after His birth)
It is just plain crazy that God would allow His Son to be born in such conditions. But He did. Maybe, just maybe there are a few practical lessons to learn from this part of the Christmas story.
- Man-caves, chic-caves, even kid-caves aren’t inherently bad or wrong. I’m not dissing their existence.
- However, how about focusing more dedication – our thoughts, actions, how we spend our money – as we ponder the humiliating, down right nasty conditions of the “BABY-CAVE”.
- As I’ve alluded to in past posts, do we have to sell everything and be humbled like Jesus was on that first night of His birth? Not necessarily, unless that’s what God is calling you to do.
- As we are in the aftermath of a Christmas Day celebration, let’s NOT dart off too fast to what the future holds. The future will be there.
- Ask God, through His Holy Spirit, to show you what lessons you should be learning from the humbling story of the place of our Savior’s birth – the “BABY-CAVE”.
- How should we be affected in our own thoughts, actions, how we treat others, how we view the material gains God has granted us, how we accept that we can be content in whatever circumstance we find ourselves?
The “BABY-CAVE” – Do we dare to enter into that story one more time before we leave the Christmas season and allow ourselves to treasure up all these things (as Mary did)? I hope so!