This has been quite a year – one most of us would happily like to see drift into oblivion. From the very beginning of 2020 our lives have been changed, turned upside down, depressed, confused, challenged and discouraged. Little lights of hope shine, but have been quickly snuffed with new outbreaks and more difficult strains of a disease that doesn’t want to leave us alone. Unfortunately, the changing of the date on a calendar doesn’t guarantee that everything will be better from then on. Who knows what tomorrow will bring?
We have come to a point in time when we could use some good news for a change. I personally believe that God still performs miracles. He even presents signs of hope for us in modern times. The fact that planets are going to align and create a bright “star” in the sky tonight, might be just what we need to lift us out of our pit. However, to try and guess what God has planned for our future, we simply need to place our faith in the fact that He’s got this. He knows how to change darkness into light. He created the universe after all. He placed each star in the sky and uses them to light the darkness.
He knew even then what was going to happen to His creation, but the greatest part of His plan would not be revealed until the sky was illuminated with hosts of heavenly angels, singing praises to the new born king. That lowly shepherds would leave their flock in search of the Anointed One. He knew that a brilliant star would lead men from the East to the Messiah. He knew that the little, fragile, child, born into poverty and sadness, would become the Redeemer of all mankind.
We, in our desire to figure things out, cannot begin to comprehend what God has in mind, but we know that whatever it is, it will be for our good. We are His creation and He loves us unconditionally.
The real miracle, sign, whatever you want to call it, occurred in the birth of a baby boy who was not just human, but also God. God chose to come to us in human flesh – to teach us how He wants us to live – to pay the price for our salvation – to give us eternal life.
People will look through telescopes in search of the Bethlehem Star. They will be witnesses to a natural act of God who placed those planets in the sky. They will wonder if this is a sign for a better future. They will place their trust in the sign, but miss the source of that light. For Jesus is the Light of the World.
COME, LET US ADORE HIM!