Don’t miss it!
Reading: Matthew 2 v 1 & 2
In December 1903, after many attempts, the Wright brothers were successful in getting their "flying machine" off the ground. Thrilled, they telegraphed this message to their sister Katherine: "We have actually flown 120 feet. Will be home for Christmas." Katherine hurried to the editor of the local newspaper and showed him the message. He glanced at it and said, "How nice. The boys will be home for Christmas." He totally missed the big news--man had flown!
Tradition and every Christmas card since says there were three wise men (because there were three gifts), but chances are there were a few more. In any event what surprises me the most is that only a few noticed the unusual behaviour of a star.
Like the newspaper editor, everyone else missed the big story. Maybe they didn’t notice the star, maybe they noticed it and didn't attach any significance to it. In any event, among everything else in their lives - they missed it.
Simple as it may seem today, God is still trying to get the attention of humanity. The bible reminds us that creation makes God famous; that the local church is the body of Christ in every community and God has even gone as far to place ‘eternity in the hearts of men.’
Like the star leading the wise men to Jesus, God is trying to get us to look at his Son and I wonder how often do we miss it among the plays, the parcels and the place settings!
I don’t do Christmas bashing! I love the season - I love the presents, extended family time, the carols and even the busyness, but my heart is to ensure I don’t miss the moments when God is leading me to look at His Son and connect to the only story of the season.
‘Dear God, thank you for Christmas and all that it means. As the season unfolds, may I regularly sense your presence as you lead me to look upon your Son in all his glory and power, Amen.’