Last week we started our Christmas journey with love, today we’re thinking about joy. Matthew 2:9-11 says:
“After this interview the wise men went their way. And the star they had seen in the east guided them to Bethlehem. It went ahead of them and stopped over the place where the child was. When they saw the star, they were filled with joy! They entered the house and saw the child with his mother, Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasure chests and gave him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh.”
Here we’re brought into the story of the Wise Men. They’ve just stopped and visited with King Herod, hoping he had news of the babe that they had followed the start to see. He didn’t and they continued on.
For the wise men, they didn’t just accept the many good things that were in their homes miles away, they didn’t just open a gift that was placed beneath the tree, they traveled many miles hoping against all other odds that they would find the answer to the prophesy of old. Sometimes that’s how joy is, it doesn’t always fall into your lap and life. True, sometimes it does, but in many cases it’s up to us to take the journey that will bring us that joy and fulfillment.
I think that journey is worth it. To think in terms of other holidays, it’s like finding the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. Yes, the rainbow is beautiful, but actually getting that pot of gold is an amazing feat.
So what about you this Christmas? Will you wait for joys to enter your life or will you take action to bring joy to your life and the lives of those around you?