Like the Wise Men

text and photo by Elizabeth Fulgaro copyright 2020

Christmas Devotion

Do you see it? The Bethlehem star from our Northern California front porch. Its just to the left of center. Small, right? Not the huge contrast that we often make between this star and the others on the night Jesus was born. The sight tonight gives me a different view.

I have gazed at stars since I was a child. My mother loved the night sky. Don’t let her sleep under the stars or she won’t sleep! She will gaze at them in wonder and awe e\with pure enjoyment all night long. So when we were small she took my sister, brothers and I down our country road on star walks. No flashlights allowed! She taught us to recognize a number of different constellations and shared how navigation by night could happen by using the North Star. She helped us to recognize the planets.

Here tonight the conjunction of two large planets on the horizon for the first time in 800 years. It gives us an idea of what the Magi saw. Now with that view it gives me a new perspective of these individuals.

They had to know what they were looking for. Otherwise its just a much brighter star. They had to know there was a possibility it would one day appear. And then seeing it, they had to have enough faith that the old prophecy was true (and that this was the sign) to get up and go. To leave their lives behind for a time no matter the consequences. And they had to believe the coming of this baby was so important that He was worth dropping everything to go and pay Him homage, including bringing gifts.

Would I have recognized the sign? Would I even have paid attention? Would I have left the comforts of home to go on a journey because of a prophecy to adore a king who was too young to care I was there? Why did it matter?

Because God had prepared them for just such an assignment. And because they were faithful to their task and had faith to do what seemed needing doing. Even when in a dream they were instructed not to go back to Herod. Seemingly small actions probably to them, but looming large to us because they were in God’s will. They could not have known Matthew would write about them decades later and that we ruminate on their actions today.

God’s plan for you day in and day out matters. You matter. Regardless of how small you have decided the task is. All tasks in obedience to Him are equally great in His kingdom’s economy. All needed. He asks us to be listening and watching, aware and ready to move (or not move) however His Spirit leads. For the glorious glory of God. And we each get to play a part. How wonderful is that?!

Merry Blessed Christmas!!Text and photo by Elizabeth Fulgaro copyright 2020.

Christmas worship song: LIKE THE WISE MEN

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Author: Elizabeth Fulgaro

I am a God-seeker--a Jesus-worshipper--a Holy Spirit follower. I create songs, devotions, prayers, books and Bible studies to give words with which to get to know God more. For you. Its for one-on-One encounter unto transformed, transcendent living. This is not my vocation. I am not professional. I am a real, ordinary person just looking to do what God put me here to do. (You have a unique purpose too.) So I am called to the work. It is not my income source, but my gift to those who find it blessing. Eagles Nest Foundation sponsors all projects for you. The result: pure, clean spiritual nutrition to feed that deep insatiable spiritual hunger which eventually overtakes each of us and galvanizes you to the life God has for you. This life is purposeful. Exceptional. You--yes, you--are called to something greater and more satisfying in His service. So it is hoped you'll try this spiritually dense nutrition and find it to be a personal blessing. However, the goodness of God-following doesn't stop there. He uses those who seek Him to be His love and care (justice, mercy, advocate, kindness) very tangibly in the lives of those around you. Not by your power but by His. His ideas. God ideas. Not just good ideas. To be part of changing the world, if you will let Him. You learn to just follow where He leads. That if you listen, He will teach you to hear His voice and then when you obey His inner promptings you will become His incredible hands and feet in this hard world. These materials will help! They will help you aim your life towards God in a way you never look back. You will not be the same. He will become the River in your desert spaces and you will become a conduit of this same River of refreshing, replenishing Water of Life to others. Find a prayer. Pick a blog post. Read a book. Be led deeper into the Bible. Select a song which resonates and use it and use it again to go close and ever closer to the God who longs to draw you near. Oh, and don't be tempted to think I'm a crazy over-spiritualized loony...My background is financial planning and counseling. Almost 40 years of it. To choose to believe in God is not to leave practicality and reason behind, but to learn that there is that which goes beyond it and includes it, unto true life fulfillment beyond all your dreams for the one who keeps seeking Him. I am a third generation Californian. I am a person to whom family means everything. The only priority higher is God. The foothills of the Sierra Nevada are my home. It is here the 1849-1856 Gold Rush is still glorified. Easy money? Actually only for the few. Even though I was raised in the Church, it took me ten years of doubting God even existed to realize that without Him, no matter how much of this life's "stuff" is accumulated, I actually have nothing. To come to know that all those who chased after gold are dead and all those who still chase stuff will be dead. That's when I became a God-seeker. Looking for that more. And Eureka! (This is California's state slogan and means I found it.) I found God...or rather, I discovered He was there and had been there waiting for me to look for Him the whole time. May you discover more of Him for you, greater flourishing life and greater flourishing for all in the world as well. God bless you! ~Elizabeth

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