A big part of Christmas is the story of the three wise men and their journey to find the King. This story of an amazing journey comforts me because of my own periodic journeys into the unknown.
I believe the wise men must have been on a spiritual quest that led them to be “called” to embark on this strenuous physical journey. I wonder what “the call” was like? How did they know this is what they must do? What did they tell their friends? “We’re going to find the King of mankind by following this star!” What did they tell their families? “I don’t know how long we’ll be gone. I’m not sure where we’re going. I have no idea what will happen when we find the King! We only know we have to do this!”
After a journey of months, they arrived at the palace of King Herod, asking to meet the recently born potential King. They expected to find him among royalty, right? Herod was so intimidated by their message, that he ordered all boy children in the area under the age of two to be killed.
When the parents of baby Jesus heard about the coming slaughter, they high-tailed it to Egypt!
What must these wise, wealthy men have thought when they ended up at the home of a humble carpenter? Yet they must have felt deep validation in their hearts that they had found the King, because they gave him their valuable gifts in homage and worship.
This year I felt called to embark on a course of action without having any idea where I would be when I arrived. So far, the outcome hasn’t revealed itself to me. I was hoping to arrive at a palace, but instead, I am still mired down in traveling an unknown road. In spite of some very challenging circumstances, I just can’t bring myself to quit this journey. I believe I am meant to keep going. I long for encouraging signs. I want to know that I’m going in the right direction. But other than the flicker of Star-Light I have in my heart, there are few encouragements.
Are you on a journey without a clear destination? Are you working toward a goal that seems just out of reach? How do you keep going? Why do you keep going? What hope is it that keeps you putting one foot in front of the other?
I’d love to hear about your journey. Maybe we can learn a few lessons from the Wise Men. Without understanding everything ahead, they just kept going. They went where they thought the answer would be, but when it wasn’t there, they course corrected. When their destination looked very different than they anticipated, they still believed.
I wish you safe travels this holiday season!
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