We Observed the Light

After Jesus was born in Bethlehem village…a band of scholars arrived in Jerusalem from the East. They asked around, “Where can we find and pay homage to the newborn King of the Jews? We observed a star in the eastern sky that signaled his birth. We’re on pilgrimage to worship him.”

Matthew 2:1-2, message
Photo by Jonatan Pie on Unsplash

The Bible tells us that Eastern men traveled a great distance following a night light–a star in the easter sky–that spoke secrets to them. And unless some significant and indisputable archaeological discovery is found to settle the question once and for all, the mystery of what the Christmas Star was will remain in the realm of faith.

Somehow, somewhere, astronomers saw and followed a light that God showed to them that signaled the birth of His Son on earth. I think they probably traveled on camels rather than in a jeep,
but the point is, they followed God’s light.

But we don’t have to wait for a Christmas star to see God’s light. It shines for us everyday. To explain this, I love to use the metaphor I call spiritual phototropism.

Flowers turn their faces to follow the sun as it passes overhead each day.
Plants don’t have eyes to see light or muscles to move,
so how do they do this?

Plant cells in darkness expand or grow faster than cells in light, so the stems grow unevenly, bending toward the small cells on the light side of the plant. That is now plants follow the sun.

Have you ever noticed how our faith grows in times of darkness in our lives. When our circumstances our gloomy, we turn our faces to the source of light in our lives: the light of the world.
Spiritual Phototropism.

Keep your face turned toward His light; and it will be reflected in your life.

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