-Pastor Melissa Fain-
9 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. 10 When they saw that the star had stopped, they were overwhelmed with joy. 11 On entering the house, they saw the child with Mary his mother; and they knelt down and paid him homage. Then, opening their treasure chests, they offered him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh.
Matthew 2:9-11 NRSV
Did you know the stars we see in the night sky give us light that is hundreds of years old? It takes light time to travel. It moves so fast we can’t see it when it’s nearby. Stars are very far away, so that twinkle takes years to reach us.
The Bible says when Jesus was born a star shone brightly in the sky. It would have been light that was years, possible hundreds of years old!
Imagine your bedroom had a timer. When you flipped the switch, it didn’t turn on until 15 minutes later. Think about how much you would have to pre-plan and have patience to use that light! Now imagine that light takes hundreds of years!
The star is a reminder that God’s plans are in the works way before we realize they are. They are also unstoppable. No person could stop that starlight. It was coming, and just when it needed to come. That starlight was already there when Mary sang her song. That starlight was already there when Joseph did the right thing. The light was already there while shepherds and sheep did their thing in the fields, unaware they would be part of an epic story. They just couldn’t see it yet. The star reminds us to be patient with God’s plan. It’s coming, and it can’t be stopped.
Question: What do you need to be patient for right now?
Prayer: Dear God, help us as we wait for Christmas. Amen.
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