MATTHEW 2:9-12 (NIV))
After they had heard the king, they went on their way, and the star they had seen when it rose went ahead of them until it stopped over the place where the child was. When they saw the star, they were overjoyed. On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh. And having been warned in a dream not to go back to Herod, they returned to their country by another route.
Just a few days ago, I loaded up the car with (what seemed like) half my worldly belongings, situated my little family with drinks and snacks, and drove 6 hours (or so) down the road to celebrate Christmas at my Mother’s. That little trip took days of preparation. And I’m fairly certain that I’ll be sore for another week. Though my purpose for going is to see family, make memories, and spend time together, if I’m honest, going home makes me happy. Mom cooks all our favorite food, takes care of us for a few days, and I get to shut off for a bit. I pack, and travel, and push to be there, knowing that my soul will rest, and find relief when we visit. Just as I feel recharged, we pack it all up again and head out on the long journey home. Those few days of ‘going’ are so worth it, every time—mostly for what I get.
Lord forgive us for seeking you only to wonder what you’re waiting to give us. Forgive us for searching with skepticism…wondering if you’ll really be waiting at the end of our journey. Awaken your Spirit in us to shift our focus from our benefit to our sacrificial search. That our journey in worship, our life with you would be for your glory. And in your grace, return our worship with something to fill us up for the journey. In Christ our Lord, Amen.
As you pursue the things of God, is it your tendency to seek God for what you can get? Or what you can give? Do you approach your journey in faith with timid, baby steps of skepticism? And is it time to take big, bold, believing steps that assume the best of God, instead of the worst? What you can expect instead of what you might not? Maybe, as the New Year approaches, it’s time to change the way you take the journey.
For the Awakening,