Following Stars

IMG_2286I’m a fan of the star tree-topper. Forget the bows and monograms and all other options. Why? The star reminds me of the point of all this celebration-finding Christ. As I was reading the wise men’s story this morning, a question popped in my brain: just how long did these men journey to find Christ? After a little investigation, I discovered that scholars believe their journey took two years. (See Matthew 2:1-12 for extra confirmation.) They first saw the star on the day of Jesus’ birth and finally arrived when Jesus was around two years old.

Two years of their lives spent searching for Christ! We can’t even wait a week to find Christ in a hundred different areas of our lives. We encounter an obstacle –a mountain to be moved– and we demand He move it now. But what if the journey is the important part? What if the search is what truly leads us to not just find him but continue our journey with him. The journey strengthens our faith, fills our hearts, renews our minds. Now we know that at the end of each journey, He will be found.

In verse 9 of Matthew 2, it says “once again the star appeared.” That’s two appearances, two separate journeys. Our journey to Christ is not a singular experience. It is a life of following the star. And just as it appeared for the wise men more than once, it will appear to us more than once. We should face every morning with the joy of following that star and knowing that it will lead us to a relationship with Christ that is all-fulfilling and always adventurous! So today and tomorrow, and every day that follows,  as you keep your eyes focused on what’s above, remember each step leads not only to Him but to know Him better.

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