In doing my yearly reading of the Nativity Story I came across a gem of a phrase in the notes of my old Tyndale Living bible.
In the section in Luke 2:3-6 where the story tells of Mary and Joseph having to travel 70 miles at the 'very worst time' for a pregnant, unmarried woman in a primitive time period, the following sentence stuck out:
"When we do God's will, we are not guaranteed a comfortable life; we are promised only that even our discomfort has meaning in God's plan."
Meaning. A life that matters. That's what I want. don't you? Mary had no idea, really. And neither do we.