walking through the advent together: day 20

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Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, wise men from the East came to Jerusalem, saying, “Where is He who has been born King of the Jews? For we have seen His star in the East and have come to worship Him.” (Matthew 2:1-2)

These wise men, the Magi, they did not come to Jerusalem right after Jesus was born. They traveled from a far away country and this journey surely took them months, if not years. But they were convinced that a Child had been born, the King of the Jews. So they put themselves on the road for months to follow a star, to come and honor a baby. And I cannot help but feel that twinge in my heart, the one that wonders just on how many months, days, even hours I leave behind everything I have — just so that I can see a glimpse of Him, that I can worship Him?

Friends, the answer is not nearly enough many times. Not even close.

But here is the thing: 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.

May we be like the wise men, traveling relentlessly for months just to see with our own eyes Christ our Lord. May we bend our knees and confess our lack of searching, of looking for Him in the midst of our life.

Friend, it only takes one star for God to lead people to Him — and hope is not lost this Christmas or any Christmas coming, for that matter.

Whether it is our family members, our friends, or complete strangers. It took only one star to lead these wise men to Jerusalem, and it will take only one small act to lead our people to Him. But us who are His, who keep inquiring and wondering whether the impossible can be made possible? We need to believe. Just that, beloved — believe. Believe that miracles will happen this Christmas. Believe that Jesus is the God of the impossible circumstances and impossible people. Believe that His scarred hands, can touch and bring life to any situation.

The amazing thing here, though? Is that you can be that star of His, that God uses to lead people to Him. And He is not expecting any grand acts or amazing skills here — He just needs you to be there, to be present. It may be a smile, a gentle touch on the shoulder of someone lonely or grieving, it may be that moment completely dedicated to that person, especially that child in front of you.

And when that happens, that we see His star, His touch? Let us praise Him, sing of His glory and worship our Almighty God.