text and photo by Elizabeth Fulgaro copyright 2020
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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