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.Matthew 2:9 – 10
The wise men, being astronomers, had followed a bright star first seen in the east, foretelling of a new king to be born. They must have been pretty sure they were going in the right direction on arrival in Israel, but from there they were probably not quite sure of the exact location where the birth had taken place.
Probably the most obvious place to them was Jerusalem, being a large city, where you would expect a find a king, perhaps in a grand palace. The most logical thing to do would have been to go into the city and ask around. Herod had heard of some strangers in town, asking questions about a new king, so called the local priests and teachers of the law to ask for information. They told him Bethlehem was the place, as the prophet had written about it in the scriptures.
The wise men must have been relieved when Herod revealed the exact location to them, hurrying off with great excitement. Can you imagine the joy they must have felt when they arrived and saw Jesus for the first time?!
Each year, as a family we go for a 6 week camping trip to Guernsey. It’s such an exciting adventure that warrants plenty of careful planning ahead! I remember one year being told that we had to sail from Poole instead of Weymouth. Changing our destination made me anxious as it was unfamiliar to me. I programmed our new destination into the Sat Nav, and we left Brighton that morning, excited and full of hope for another wonderful holiday. However, just outside Poole our Sat Nav seemed to be directing us away from our destination. Panicking, I explained what had happened to a local and he told me that I must trust the Sat Nav implicitly and all would be fine. I did just that and we got to our ferry in plenty of time, on route to our beloved Guernsey!
Life can seem like an uphill struggle at times, and sometimes we are unsure of which path to take. Unfamiliar paths can make us feel anxious and scared, or perhaps we have gone down a path and it has brought us nothing but misery and we want to find a way out. If we face things alone, our journey can be even more difficult as we have to make all the decisions alone, with no companion to advise and reassure us. Just imagine having someone with you, helping you up that hill when you are struggling, walking alongside you on that unfamiliar path with a light to shine through the darkness. Someone to rescue you and bring you out from that path of misery and despair. Believe me, Jesus really can do that because he came into this world to bring light and hope, so that we never have to face anything alone again. His love is unconditional and is for everyone. All you need to do is put your trust in him.
The ‘daily share’ is a hint each day for how you could share some hope in your life, today.
There must be lots of people finding things an uphill struggle right now, what could you do to help in your community? Perhaps make a donation to a local foodbank or volunteer organisation? How could you be someone who shines a light in their community?
I’m a community carer and it’s a job that I love. I try to bring some light and hope to the people I visit, with God’s help. I have three beautiful, loving children as well as a wonderful family. I feel blessed each day knowing that Jesus walks alongside me, with whatever I have to face and loves me unconditionally.