The Star


Sunday Reflection


3rd January 2021


'a kind of travel guide'

2 [they] asked, "Where is the one
   who has been born
   king of the Jews?
   We saw his star when it rose
   and have come to worship him.
9b'and the star they had seen
   when it rose went ahead
   of them until it stopped
   over the place where
   the child was.'
10 When they saw the star,    they were overjoyed.'

... Matthew 2: 2, 9b,10

Had it ever occurred to you
that God commissioned
a particular star to serve
as a kind of travel guide
for a group of men
from the East who had
developed an interest in
looking for the Christ child.

Not only did that star lead
these men from the East to
Jerusalem and then to Bethlehem,
but Matthew 2:9 tells us
that the star led the wise men
to the exact location of
Joseph, Mary, and Jesus.

Deep down they knew they never
would have found Jesus
without the star.

The Christmas star was
God's gift of direction -
God's travel guide for seekers.

Let's look at the star
this Christmas;
look at it a little differently;
as a symbol of the fact
that God has always provided
travel guides to earnest
spiritual seekers.

Throughout history,
God has seen to it that those
who diligently seek after
Christ will find Him.

All of us who are Christians
can look back to a time when
we were just getting interested
in spiritual realities.

Can you remember how
confused you were?

How lost you felt?
How overwhelming it all seemed
as we were trying
to sort things out?

And do you remember
what God did?
He provided a travel guide
for each of us -
someone to lead us to Christ.

It might have been a parent,
someone at work,
a neighbour,
a close friend,
a teacher,
or a minister.

He sent someone whose
light was bright;
whose love was real;
whose faith was so
compelling that we found
ourselves trusting that
earthbound travel guide
to lead us to Christ.

What would our lives be like -
who would we be,
what would we be doing? -
had it not been for an
earthbound star that God
used as a travel guide
in our lives?

Isn't the Christmas season
an appropriate time to
thank God for the gift
of travel guides?

But perhaps you feel a
whole lot more like
someone who is still 'seeking'
than someone who has 'found'.

If the truth were known,
a good number of people
are wandering in spiritual
circles and not
making much headway.

As spiritually detached
this year as they were
last year.
Looking into the New Year,
things don't really look like
much is going to change.

For those of you who
are still seekers,
be encouraged.
The chances are,
God has already put
a travel guide
in your life somewhere.

If you were to scan
the horizons of your
you probably already know
someone whose spiritual
light burns pretty bright,
whose love is real,
whose faith has caught
your attention
more than once.

That person may very well
be God's gift to you -
rather like a Christmas star -
God's travel guide.

Seekers, identify the
travel guide God has
already put in your life,
and get a dialogue going
with him or her.

Ask your tough questions;
express some of
your deep doubts;
initiate some interaction.

Get on the road to
finding Jesus,
and someday you'll be
very glad you did.

Look to the star -
God has probably already
given you one.

Use it soon!