This morning on my way to work I hit zero traffic. The moon loomed above the freeway like a giant silver balloon. The lights from the cars, both in front of me and on the opposite side of the cement divider, streamed like white and red holiday lights flickering in the dark.
Being the first day of Spring, there was no Christmas music playing on my stereo. And yet, the magic of the past season welled up in me in none the less. There was something about those twinkling headlights that got me thinking about the stars that lit the wise men’s path to the stable. Those men didn’t know what they would find after their long journey. And yet, the hope of something greater than their current circumstances propelled them forward.
Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of King Herod, behold, wise men from the east came to Jerusalem, saying,“Where is he who is born King of the Jews? For we saw his star in the east, and have come to worship him. – Matthew 2: 1 -2
When they arrived at the stable, they didn’t ask for shelter, food or water. Instead, they fell to their knees and gave the baby gifts.
They came into the house and saw the young child with Mary, his mother, and they fell down and worshiped him. Opening their treasures, they offered to him gifts: gold, frankincense, and myrrh. – Matthew 2: 11
Reading between the lines, I can only guess that not everything was perfect for these wise men. After all, they didn’t travel with GPS. They didn’t have internet. And I can only imagine the conversations of three men being stuck together for such a long hike.
Wise Man 1: “Do you have the myrrh?”
Wise Man 2: “What? I thought you had it!”
Wise Man 1: “Dude, I was in charge of the frankincense. Do I have to remember everything?”
Wise Man 3: “I’m on day 3 without coffee, boys. Can it.”
When I think about my own life these days, I can’t help but compare it to the long adventure of yesteryear. How can I be a wise woman? After all, so many things are unknown. Can I trust God’s promise for my life despite uncertainty with my husband’s new business? Do I really want to travel down that path toward Christ’s plan when I don’t really know where my own career is headed? And if I actually arrive at my destination successfully, will I remember to bow down and thank the Lord that He brought me there?
Honestly, my head sometimes spins with the weight of this trek I’m on. And yet, to sit back and not try and find Jesus seems unfathomable. I might not know 100% who this Jesus is, but I know who I’d be without him, and it’s not pretty.
And so, with the knowledge that who I am in Christ is a heck of a lot better than who I am without Him, I rise each morning with the moon still in the sky.
I lace up my work shoes.
I kiss my sleeping children goodbye.
And by the light of the stars, I head toward my future – one that God has called me toward.
I pray that you do the same.
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