Seeing Stars

“When they saw the star, they were filled with joy!”
‭‭Matthew‬ ‭2:10‬ ‭

I’m seeing stars, y’all.

They are everywhere this time of year – at Dollarama. In the local grocery store. Filling the aisles at Canadian Tire, topping the trees in parks and along boulevards. Twinkling, glowing, pointing the way.

The way.

The way to – what?

The easy answer is – the way to Christmas, of course. But that may be too pat. Too shallow. Too – predictable.

And Christmas – the real Christmas – is anything but pat, shallow, or predictable.

There’s nothing pat about a virgin being visited by an angel. Shepherds hosting a ‘Heaven’s Got Talent’ pageant in the middle of the night. A King being born in a barn.

Or a new star shining to point the way to His location.

See, this star was a sign – a page right out of prophecy, the harbinger of something completely out of the ordinary. It’s not that stars don’t die or suddenly appear. On the contrary – the universe is changing constantly, with old stars fading and new ones forming from their detritus.

It’s the fact that this one appeared and moved.

It led the way to the real action.

And apparently, only one group of astronomers from ancient Persia bothered to follow it. Out of all the people living in the ancient near east, so many missed the point.

Did they not see it?

Were they too busy to look up?

Or, having seen it, did they lack the necessary knowledge to appreciate its importance?

Or – did they lack the means to travel the dusty trade routes, braving bandits and the elements to find what they didn’t understand?

All I know is, I’m seeing stars.

I’m trying to really see. See the signs of God’s kingdom. Interpret the data, the hints that God is with us, Immanuel. See the stars and take to heart the truth, that this baby who inspired the very symbols hanging in shops and on street posts is the same One who willingly lay down His life that I may live mine to the full.

Stars are but one pointer, one signpost along the way that God is truly with us. A hint that Christmas is so much more than turkeys and gifts and wrapping paper.

Immanuel. God with us.

Choose to see stars with me?

Father, how rich the symbolism of Christmas is! Remind our hearts to see stars as a deeply significant guide straight to the heart of Your Redemption story. Help us to keep our eyes wide open to see the significance of stars in a new way this season. Amen.

Published by melodylowes

I am actually a bit of a mess. But in the mess, I’m finding security in knowing I am chosen, I am forgiven, and I matter. After uncovering a history of abuse in my past, I have done a lot of healing - and writing is one way I can invite you deeper into your own healing journey! I write devotionals about the complicated thing called life at growing-in-grace.ca, and my poetry is stashed at melodylowes.com. Pull up a chair and a coffee or tea and let's grow together!

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