A man booked a flight to a distant and unfamiliar location based on credible reports that it was full of opportunity in his field of work.
Trying to save on expenses, he didn’t purchase the option to change or cancel the flight, and very soon after wished that he had. His wife had a quite disturbing fall and was rushed to the hospital. After some time she was showing improvement, but was certainly not functioning well enough to be left alone. His sister offered to stay and help, to his great relief.
As he waved goodbye one last time he hoped she would take it easy as the doctor had instructed her. She wasn’t very good at patiently waiting for assistance, and had kept him hopping to meet her needs over the past weeks. Sometimes he was quite worn out when he heard her call for him, but he always found the energy to bound down the hall to see what it was. Knowing her, if he chose to procrastinate, she wouldn’t ask twice, she would simply do for herself and might hinder the impressive progress she was making so far.
As he turned and walked to the line, he wondered if he was making the right decision, for there was no certainty or guarantees he would find anything. He hadn’t even looked at the economic structure or cost of living in the region, to effectively weigh out the facts like he normally would. Pondering the multitude of unknowns and his wife’s condition, he barely heard the man next to him ask a favor. The man had forgotten something important and wished to have his place in line saved. He readily agreed and the man shook his hand when he returned. He was grateful, for the line was quite long, and they struck up a polite conversation.
They continued walking the same way through the terminal, then sat together while waiting for their flights. As they spoke, the man was told his companion was actually from a city nearby and had plenty of knowledge about the city he was visiting. He was happy to find the man was more than willing to share the best places to eat inexpensively and even had a recommendation on where he should stay. He now felt confident that his stay would go well.
As the two shook hands goodbye, he thanked him for all the information. The man nodded, saying he had one more bit of information, then handed him a card. He told him that on the back was a name and number of someone he knew who worked for a very successful company there. He had heard they were hiring, he added, then smiled and left for his flight. Suddenly the man realized he had completely forgotten about his wife and called her immediately, anxious to tell her of his trip so far.
Moral of the Story:
Matthew 2:9b “…the star..stood over where the young child was.”
As in the story, the wise men headed to Jerusalem without all the details. They knew the star meant the birth of the King of the Jews, but didn’t know where He was to be. They had enough detail to take action, but not every step was given to them. They had to take action themselves and trust that God would lead them further.
First they asked around, for that seemed a simple question to ask, one that everyone in Israel would know. Then Herod sent them to search Bethlehem and certainly that was a good place to start, but they may not have found him there. The reason I say this is in Luke 2:39 When Joseph and Mary had done everything required by the Law of the Lord, they returned to Galilee to their own town of Nazareth. This was when Mary went to be purified after having a child. Unless the wise men came within that short window perhaps the wise men actually went to Nazareth. Point is, Matthew doesn’t tell us WHERE, but that the star led them.
In our walk with God there are times where things are simple and we know the plan, but we still don’t have all the details. Stepping out on the road and trusting the details to the Lord is hard, but I have always found it to be worth it. The moment I realized I could not do enough and had to trust in a Savior was one of those moments. I didn’t get how it all worked, but I am forever grateful that faith was God’s requirement, and freedom from my sinfulness was not up to me.