Sunday, January 5, 2014

Matthew 2:9-10 “When they had heard the king, they set out; and there, ahead of them, went the star that they had seen at its rising, until it stopped over the place where the child was.  When they saw that the star had stopped, they were overwhelmed with joy.”

It always feels good to get where you are going, do you agree?  When I set out on a journey it is exciting and fun but the destination is what I long for.  These wise men headed on a journey when they saw a new star rise in the sky.  They knew from studying scripture that this star announced the birth of a new king for the Jews.  We do not know how long their journey was or where they came from.  We do not know how long they traveled and how old Jesus was when they arrived.  I know this; when God takes people on a journey it is not usually just an overnight-er.  I imagine it was arduous travel through desert.  They had long, hot days and cold dark nights.  I can almost see the look of disappointment on their faces in Jerusalem when no one even knows what they are talking about.  When the star stopped, they were overwhelmed with joy.  The reason for the journey was within grasp!  They came to see the new King and they had reached their destination.  Our journeys are not over yet but I hope and pray that each of us finds the King at the end of our journeys and that we are also overwhelmed with joy.  I know I will be.

Journeys help us grow in ways we might not otherwise.  The wise men journeyed to see your Son, guide our journeys to find Him too.  Give us what we need for the journey and let us hold the hope that we will arrive to behold the King of Kings.  We come offering what we have, our hearts and our lives.  Amen.