HAPPY NEW YEAR!
Going on pre-conceived ideas of where a new king would be found, looking in the wrong place, they could have missed Him; fortunately they were alert to the signpost God had put in front of them and found their heart’s desire. I wonder why no one else had seen the star and read it correctly, why that humble house was not thronging with people come to pay homage?
Many Christians travel the world, following well-known speakers, looking for anointed meetings, or the latest ‘breakout’ of the Holy Spirit – and I have been thoroughly blessed by many such meetings, however….
Perhaps that longed-for encounter can be found much closer to home, not just in the rarefied atmosphere of spiritual gatherings – but in the everyday, commonplace stuff of life? Maybe we can have our own ‘epiphanies’ in our homes, our workplaces, walking the dog, or on the school run?
Whatever else we pray for in 2019, let’s pray for a year of revelation; that we find Christ in all circumstances, not just at ‘church’, but in the familiar, in the everyday – and in the unusual. Let’s lay down our pre-conceived ideas of how He reveals Himself, and instead become alert to the signs of His presence.
Star-gazing was normal for the Magi, following a star was not. Following a star was a crazy idea – no one had ever done it before – but it led to a wonderful encounter. It was a risk, leaving home, travelling to a strange country, one where as scorned gentiles they would not be welcomed; and perhaps they also had to deal with the censure of friends and neighbours from their own locality. Having taken the risk, however, I doubt their lives were ever the same again.
Let’s be inspired: let’s also be people who see the signposts in our ‘normal’ - and then think outside the box. Let’s be willing this year to take risks in order to pursue His presence with passion. The Lord will never conform to our small parameters, so let’s not try to restrict Him (or ourselves) to our idea of how things should be, but be willing to have our ideas stretched. Let’s encounter Him in all sorts of places.
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