These people knew Christ would be born in Bethlehem of Judea, that He would be the Ruler of the people of Israel — and yet, they did nothing about this information. They did not go seeking for the Messiah. They did not try to find out more about Jesus, though they knew He was to be born right there in Bethlehem, a town right next to Jerusalem.
God met these wise men, these astronomers — by a star, right there in their own area of expertise. Will He not do the same for us, beloved? He will meet us right there where we can see Him; be it by a star, by a peace that calms the raging storms in our soul, by love the fills our cups to the brim. He can touch gentle the broken, wounded souls. He can heal the cracked, fragile hearts. He can soften the hardened, angry person. He can shine light to the darkest, messiest situation.
It does not matter who it is that shares the good news with others. Whether we are like these shepherds, social outcasts. Whether we are like Moses, and barely get a word out the right way. Whether we are like Peter, and speak before we think. It does not matter whether we have the skills we think we need to share the good news with others. What matters is that the good news get shared.
But here is the Prince of Peace, our Savior who walked the broken road to Calvary just so we might know that peace now exists, in us. So we pray, “Let a river of peace flood my soul, O Lord” — trusting that He will do just that, our God and our Refuge, our Prince of Peace. The darkness goes deep and we are weary, worn from fighting the battle day in and day out. Yet, on earth, peace — and our hearts can now join the heavenly host, singing of the glory of God that touches our souls and heals our brokenness. Because this road has been walked already before us, by the One who bore the weight of this world on the cross and gave us life.