Christmas time as a child was always magical. From the Christmas lights, home-made sugar cookies, decorated trees and mantels to fires in the fireplace, hot cocoa with whipped cream, Santa, and reindeer, it all brings back many feelings of nostalgia. Placing cookies and milk out the night before was a tradition in most households. A simple Christmas song played on the radio can make one sing out loud and smile from ear to ear.
The holiday season is full of magic and joy. We long to believe in something. Something that is good. Something magical. Something that brings families together. We choose to believe. We choose to laugh, love and give.
I remember Christmas mornings growing up, waking up the moment that sunlight peeked through the corners of our windows, barging into our parent’s room alerting them it is time for presents then running down the stairs. The moment you hit that last step you would see a glimpse of the tree and all the presents that Santa left for us under it. There was something magical about Christmas as a child.
During this past year, I have experienced personal loss on many levels. Seen many friends, family and acquaintances attacked in their health, finances, and relationships. Satan has been hard at work. Every time I turn around, someone was diagnosed with cancer or experiencing loss. As I pray, I am reminded how much His people need to believe and see miracles. We need to believe in the Miracle of Christmas not just in December but year around.
We need to believe in the miracle that sings:
“The First Noel the angel did say
Was to certain poor shepherds
in fields, as they lay;
In fields as they lay, keeping their sheep,
On a cold winter’s night that was so deep.
Noel, Noel, Noel, Noel,
Born is the King of Israel.
They looked up and saw a star
Shining in the east beyond them far,
And to the earth, it gave great light,
And so it continued both day and night.
And by the light of that same star
Three wise men came from country far;
To seek a king was their intent,
And to follow the star wherever it went.
This star drew nigh to the northwest,
O’er Bethlehem it took it rest,
And there it did both stop and stay
Right over the place where Jesus lay.
Then entered in those wise men three
Full reverently upon their knee,
and offered there in his presence
Their gold, and myrrh, and frankincense.
Then let us all with one accord
Sing praises to our heavenly Lord;
That hath made heaven and earth of naught,
And with his blood mankind hath bought”
Wow, what a miracle this song proclaims! This song and in Matthew 2, we read how three wise men used a bright, shining star as their compass leading them straight to the King of Israel. It says in Matthew 2:2, “Where is he that is born King of the Jews? for we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him”. I have a hard time following directions on Google maps but these men followed a star to their destination. Out of billions of stars in the sky every night, these men noticed THIS star! THIS star was shining a little brighter. When they gazed up and took notice of the brightness of one star, they knew that THIS star proclaimed a miracle. It makes me ponder, for them to notice this star, they must have been searching for it. They were searching for a miracle! Maybe they longed for a miracle so badly in their own lives that they spent hours upon hours and night after night viewing the dark skies in search of THIS star.
Why would anyone spend so much time looking for one star when there are billions to gaze at? It was because they were desperate a miracle! They knew that they needed a Savior! This star brought them not just to a manager in the tiny, town of Bethlehem. But THIS star brought them to their Miracle! Their unwavering, faith brought them to the savior of the world. The answer to all things they were searching was found in the manager. The answer to sickness and disease. The answer to unimaginable evil in this world. The answer to broken marriages. The answer for those lost, hurt and broken. THIS star was their miracle.
We long for mystery and search for it in other places when really it was right there in front of us the entire time. Is there not such mystery and awe in the Bible?
Maybe like the three wise men, you have been searching for a miracle. Searching for an answer to all the chaos and darkness around you. Have you found yourself looking up towards the sky scanning the constellation for a sign – for a miracle? I have great news for you, you don’t have to search anymore. The miracle is right in front of us. All we need to do is open-up a Bible and read the answers – page after page and miracle after miracle. We can call upon His name and He is right there with us –as our Savior, Healer, Redeemer, and Restorer. We see Him in the little things in everyday life – someone paying for our coffee in the line front of us or a simple smile by someone passing by. He is everywhere – we just need to open our eyes to see Him. He is the magic of Christmas and we have the privilege of carrying that magic with us year-round wherever we go.