Friday, December 23, 2016

Wise People Seek Him

It is Friday, Day 27 in the Fourth week of Advent.  Christmas Eve and Day are almost here.  Last minute events and preparations are also still here.   I was walking – as I normally do – and doing some thinking, praying, and processing.  I couldn’t help but feel a sense of “it’s almost over” settle over me.  A bit of sadness I admit, along with a question to God:  “Lord did I take the time I really needed to take to spend time preparing for my Lord’s coming”.  It took me back to another Advent passage:

Matthew 2:1-2
1  Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, wise men from the east came to Jerusalem,
2  saying, “Where is he who has been born king of the Jews? For we saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him.”

Matthew 2:9-11
9  After listening to the king, 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.
10  When they saw the star, they rejoiced exceedingly with great joy.
11  And going into the house they saw the child with Mary his mother, and they fell down and worshiped him. Then, opening their treasures, they offered him gifts, gold and frankincense and myrrh.

And one more that seems to sum up the story so well:

Hebrews 11:6
6  And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.

As I walked the road I couldn’t help but think about Advent as a time of “seeking”.  As a child we played “hide and go seek”, a game with stealth and laughter...it was fun to seek.  I couldn’t help but wonder if I “enjoyed” my seeking.  At times it seems so hard to “be still”, “be at peace”, “rest in me”, “wait upon the Lord”.  I’ve been busy with many things and now that the time is at hand I still want more of Jesus’ presence and less busyness.  Do you too?

Finding a quiet place of prayer, reflection, time to just think and imagine are priceless gifts in a world filled with technology that makes everything so “NOW” and immediate. 

Let me urge you to do what I want to do today.  Take some time, be alone, be quiet, and as you wait,  pray – “God, I am your servant, your child, and your friend...I wait to listen to you and to just spend some time in your presence...be with me please and open my heart and my soul to listen to you. Amen.”

Then, be quiet...let the thoughts come and take them where God would have you go.  Pray, listen, be still... because Wise People Will Always Seek.


Peace

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