Wednesday, December 4, 2013

JOURNEY TO CHRISTMAS


As our family is in the process on refocusing and simplifying Christmas,
I have been reading in Matthew about the wise men’s journey to Jesus.
To Christmas.

We have packed our camels and we sticking close to them this season.
We are following them because, well, I read ahead, and they find Jesus.
And since that is who we are desperately looking for today and everyday,
we are choosing to follow people who know the way.

You are more than welcome to pack up and follow along.


“Where is He who has been born King of the Jews?”
{Matthew 2:2}

The wise men are looking for Jesus.  Seeking.  Searching.
They are on a mission that will lead them straight to the newborn King.

So we are asking ourselves that same question… “Where is He?”
We are seeking Him out by spending time in His Word everyday.

“Instructed by the king Herod, the wise men set off.
Then the star appeared again, the same star they had seen in the eastern skies.
It led them on until it hovered over the place of the child.”
{Matthew 2:9}

They are willing to go the distance.
They are willing to do whatever it takes to get to Jesus.
They have leaned in.  They are alert.  Watching.

We are 4 days into our 25-day journey.
We refocused and simplified to make it easier to follow the star.
We spend time every evening looking back and seeing how God has been preparing for this day.  Talking about what that must have been like for Him.

“When they saw the star, they were thrilled with ecstatic joy.”
{Matthew 2:10}

The journey, the anticipation,
the knowing they have arrived at the right place overwhelmed them with joy.
They can hardly contain themselves and they haven’t even seen Jesus yet!

If this season brings stress, anxiety and panic, then we missed the star

The month of December, the time of leaning in, the time of being led to Christ,
the time of following the star should result in us rejoicing with exceeding great joy.
A joy that only comes from walking a long journey of anticipating the Coming.
You cannot wait one more second... you have GOT to see the King!

“And on going into the house, they saw the Child with Mary, His mother,
and the fell down and worshiped Him…”
{Matthew 2:11a}

They didn’t complain about their journey to get to Him.
They didn’t waste time on small talk.
They threw themselves at the feet of Jesus.

When we get to where we're going, when we get to Jesus, we don’t even have to knock… just go on in the house, get on your face and worship Him!  After all, this is what we have been waiting for and preparing for.

“…Then opening their treasure bags, they presented to Him gifts –
gold and frankincense and myrrh.”
{Matthew 2:11b}

They presented themselves to Jesus before they presented their gifts.
The gifts they brought.
The gifts they were prepared to give.

We finished our shopping before we started the journey.
We packed all the gifts up before we headed out.
With everything in me, I want to be able to, for the first time in my life, walk with my family on a journey to Jesus.  A journey to Christmas.

When we are not prepared, when we forget who we were looking for to begin with, we end up making so many pit stops we exhaust ourselves.  We may even get close to the place where the star hovered, but we have to pull into a rest stop to catch our breath.  We don’t have enough energy to finish the journey.  We have worn ourselves out doing all the last minute shopping, baking, decorating and partying.
We might get close enough to fall at His feet but we don’t have the energy to worship Him.

“Wise men are only wise because they make their priority the seeking of Christ.”
{Ann Voskamp}

I am so thankful for the gift of God's Word and for men and women who chase after Jesus.  I am so thankful after 39 years of celebrating, God has a way of making the wonder and awe of Christmas flood my soul like I'm a little girl again.

Those of you who are braving this new journey with our family, please know that I am praying for you and can't wait to one day meet you at the place where the star will hover over the One who came to save us, to redeem us, to rescue us.

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