The Gift of Miracles
Unless you’ve been under a rock recently, I’m sure you’ve heard about the “Christmas Star.”
If not, get ready because the “Christmas Star” is set to appear on Monday, December 21, 2020, when the planets Saturn and Jupiter align.
I understand you would have to travel back in time to the 1200s to see anything like it, so it really is a must-see moment!
I find it amazing that this year, as we approach Christmas and remember the birth of Jesus, this miraculous event is predicted to take place! An alignment that will give off a light resembling the legendary “Star of David over Bethlehem” (AKA: “The Christmas Star.)
“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, 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 2:1-2
Come on… you have to admit this is pretty exciting! That we will have an opportunity to look up into the heavens and view a star much like the shepherds and the Magi saw; a star so bright it guided people to Jesus!
What a beautiful tangible reminder of a momentous miracle.
The miracle of the fulfillment of prophecy given over 700 years beforehand comes in the form of an infant- born of a virgin birth.
An unexpected, unassuming, non-threatening miracle.
A baby who just happens to be Immanuel (God with us.)
Talk about a big miracle encased in a tiny package!
What a great lesson for all of us to understand that not all miracles are jaw-dropping events, like the parting of the Red Sea.
Miracles are simply extraordinary events of divine intervention and just like those so long ago following the Star of David – we have to look for them and they aren’t always what we expect to find!
The truth is they are all around us and come in the most unusual packaging if we are willing to take the time and effort to search and recognize them.
Maybe it is a marriage that somehow was resurrected from the brink of death.
Maybe it is receiving words of encouragement and affirmation spoken by a stranger- exactly what you needed to hear at just the right moment.
Maybe it is an unexpected check that arrived in your mailbox when you didn’t know how you were going to pay your bills.
Maybe it is arriving home to find a care package on your front porch filled with necessities when you are too sick to go to the store for yourself.
I encourage you this holiday season to take a moment to look up into the heavens and gaze upon the Christmas star, soak in its rare sighting, and then purposefully look around daily to find the miracles that surround you!
Immanuel God is with us, He brings good tidings of hope, joy, and peace. He brings us the gift of miracles- not just on Christmas, but every day.
So, be faithful in the searching as you don’t want to miss a single one!
"Miracles happen every day, change your perception of what a miracle is
and you'll see them all around you." Jon Bon Jovi