Have any of you read Bill Hybels’ Christmas story, Seeing The Christmas Scenery? I guess it’s really a Christmas message or life lesson that we may have overlooked or not even really thought of before.
Bill challenges the reader to spend some time looking at the nativity scene we have all grown up looking at in yards, on Christmas cards, and in churches. The Star, the Stable, and the Manger are the particulars he focuses on.
O Star of Wonder, Star of Night. Star with royal beauty bright. Westward leading, still proceeding. Guide us to thy Perfect Light.
God provided a particular star to serve as a travel guide for the Magi looking for the Royal baby. Matthew 2:9 tells us that after listening to King Herod, they went on their way. And behold, the star that they had seen when it rose, went before them until it came to rest over the place where the child was. The star led them to the exact place where Joseph, Mary, and baby Jesus were.
Verse 10 says when seeing the star, the Magi rejoiced with exceeding great joy. Deep down, they knew they would have never found Christ without the God given star. We know the rest of their story. They rejoiced and worshiped Him. They presented unto Him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. Wow!
Hybels says, “God provides a travel guide for seekers.” That is so true. He has been putting stars and other travel guides into the lives of those seeking Jesus for centuries. Even before we realized we needed to seek Jesus. I’m speaking for myself.
God provides a travel guide (someone to lead us to Christ) for each of us. When I read that sentence, I think my jaw dropped on my book. Seriously!! He did in my journey. My sweet sister in law, Amy, was my bright and shinning star who lead me straight into the loving arms of Jesus. I grew up in church and went to Catholic School from K-12. I knew ABOUT God but I didn’t know Him know Him. I didn’t have a relationship with Him. I had no idea what I was missing. God sent someone in my life whose love for Christ and me was real. She was patient and kind. Her faith was something to see. I don’t know what my life would be like had God not used her as a travel guide. I am so thankful for Amy Birdsong. She is a beautiful star.
Since then, I believe He has continued putting precious “stars” in my path. Friends whose lights burn bright and whose love is real. And their faith…well that’s the thing that draws me nearer to them and to Christ. I am grateful for the gifts that are my travel guides. I can say that just recently he put a new friend in my life that will lead me to Him in this season of my life. Each one of them are gifts straight from the Father of Lights.
Hybels says, “For those of you who are still seekers, let me give you a word of encouragement. Chances are, God has already put a travel guide in your life somewhere. Chances are, if you were to scan the horizons of your relationships, you probably already know someone whose spiritual light burns bright, whose love is for real, and whose faith has caught your attention more than once. That person may very well be God’s gift to you-sort of like a Christmas star-God’s travel guide. Look at the star–God has probably already given you one. Use it soon!”