This time of year many people are traveling for the holidays. The roads are busy, the airports crowded and people are in a hurry to get where they are going. Many of us may be in a rush to get to our final destination that we’ve gotten a little stressed. Stretched thin on time and patience may be how some feel as we get on the road to our destination.
It is fascinating to me how God guided the Magi to see Jesus by a star. How long did they travel, how fast did they travel, were they really on a camel, and what type of weather did they encounter? I wonder about those details. However, God doesn’t provided us those details in scripture, just that they followed a star to Bethlehem.
After this interview the wise men went their way. And the star they had seen in the east guided them to Bethlehem. It went ahead of them and stopped over the place where the child was. When they saw the star, they were filled with joy! They entered the house and saw the child with his mother, Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasure chests and gave him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. (Matthew 2:9-11)
Traveling with their gifts to see Jesus, much like we may be traveling with gifts this holiday, I can’t imagine their eagerness to see the promised Messiah. How exciting this must have been, scripture tells they were filled with joy and worshiped Jesus when they found Him.
Do you have an eagerness to worship Jesus? Especially during this season, I think we can either get wrapped up in the wrapping or we can turn our focus to worshipping our King. Both tasks can bring us joy, but it is the worshipping of Jesus that brings me a joy that lasts beyond the season.
Sometimes it can seem far to travel to worship Jesus. Some days are harder than others to find the time to worship, but it is so worth the time to fix our eyes heavenward and praise God for His Son.
God impressed upon my heart the other day these words,
Taste and See I AM your ALL and ALL. In all things, I alone can satisfy.
This has been my focus in the days leading up to Christmas. To choose to “travel” daily to spend some time with the One who satisfies. To rejoice in His presence and provisions, but to also praise Him for the many ways I see Him at work in my life.
God is here with us and we needn’t travel far to praise and worship HIm. Take some time today to turn your eyes heavenward and thank Him for the gift of Jesus.