The man ran like his life depended on it. I was driving to work, past the train station. This man was on the sidewalk making a beeline for the train. He was working up a sweat to catch that train, ignoring his nice shirt and sweater vest, letting his briefcase flop in every direction. He looked unstoppable.
I wondered what waited for him on the other side of that train ride. Whatever it was, it mattered to him. He was determined not to miss it!
It reminded me of the Wise Men, in a way.
The Wise Men were unstoppable. We may not know how many there were, but we know their determination. For two years they followed Jesus’ star before finally having the chance to worship Jesus.
They didn’t even know their destination. Their first stop was Jerusalem, naturally assuming the King would be born there. After some research they headed to Bethlehem. And finally they’ve found him, and they worship him, and they present their gifts, and they turn around and head right back home.
The distance didn’t stop them. The absurdity of the journey didn’t stop them. Even Herod didn’t stop them.
Just like nothing was going to stop that man from making his train.
So I began to think about everything on my calendar this holiday season.
I wondered which things I would be determined to make it to, even if it meant sprinting to catch the train. I don’t know about you, but booking it for half a mile would be a big deal for me!
As I watched that man run to his train, I noticed the other man. The second man was running too. But he didn’t seem to want it as much as the first man– the second man looked like he was only running because the first man was running.
I didn’t want to be that second man. I didn’t want to pseudo-run toward everything I’d scheduled, just to participate in the hustle and bustle.
I want the determination to find Jesus. Sometimes our culture buries him, but that’s no excuse. This Christmas season, I want to keep my eyes open for how Jesus is moving and working and leading. And I want to worship him with intention and determination.
What about you? Share with us some ways you ‘find’ Jesus during the holidays, and intentionally worship him! And what are some things this Christmas that you’re determined not to miss? Share with us in the comments!
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