An unexpected winter storm stranded travelers at a rest stop for several hours. While there, a large family joined the already gathered group of dejected travelers waiting. The children were exuberant and energetic, and kept their parents quite busy trying to keep them under control and not a bother to everyone else. One more subdued child decided to crawl under a bench and fell asleep there.
The weather cleared, and the travelers returned to their vehicles quickly. A certain couple had noticed the child burrowing under the bench and wondered if the parents would actually leave without him, but were also busy preparing to leave as well. They mentioned the child briefly to the mother, but she was distracted and did not comprehend the words.
Several trips to the restroom and to retrieve forgotten items had worn on the parents remaining patience. The father firmly steered the car away from the rest stop rather quickly, and without looking back. One child looked behind them and noticed a lady waving her arms, and waved back with a smile.
The couple looked at each other and watched as the vehicle drove away, sliding in the snow as it veered onto the highway. They were also under a tight schedule to get going, but this child was alone and they could not leave him in good conscience. After thirty minutes of waiting, the woman gently woke the child up and explained that his family had left, but assured him “Your family will be here soon.” She hoped it was true.
The child began crying, for he was confused and didn’t understand where his siblings were. He didn’t cry long, but seemed to withdraw into himself. Suddenly afraid to leave the child, the woman gathered the young boy in her arms and wondered how the mother could forget this precious boy. He was immediately soothed by her embrace, and quietly looked up at her, trusting her to take care of everything somehow.
She dug into her bag and found a light snack and gave it to the boy. After another thirty minutes, she looked at her husband and considered what choices they had for the situation. The map on the wall showed they were almost an hour from the nearest city, and the police were nowhere around because of the demands of the storm. Cellular service wasn’t working; but may work if they drove out of the area. Bundling the child as best they could, the couple carried the boy out into the cold and debated which direction was best. They decided to head in the direction of the family and hoped their cellular service would work soon.
After several miles they saw a figure walking on the other side of the freeway, carrying a bundle of some sort in their arms. The woman asked her husband to stop and they pulled over to the side of the freeway. They backed the car up to parallel the figure and peered through the snow. It was the boy’s father they both realized.
He responded to their shouts and waded through the highway divide and to their vehicle. They realized that bundle in his arms contained the boy’s coat and a blanket. His knees buckled when he saw his son’s smiling face from the back seat. He had left their disabled vehicle with the tow truck in the snow bank and had walked for miles to ensure his child was no longer alone.
Moral of the story:
Matthew 2:11 And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshipped him: and when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto him gifts; gold, and frankincense and myrrh.
In the first part of Matthew 2:11 we read that the Wise Men made it, they found the house (not the stable) where the child(not a baby and no manger) was…oh and his mother. Notice that new King was the focus of their visit. In this story I explored the worth of a child. His parents made mistakes, and one could argue they had other children so it was no great loss; but that logic is ridiculous to any parent.
There’s nothing significant the child Jesus did, nor was he famous for some physical attribute. As with all young children, he was incapable of justifying his worth. This weighing of a person’s value is not something we want to admit to doing, but I think everyone has realized someone has more than you do in some regard.
Would their visit obligate this new king to be allied with them or win them future favors by this visit? Obviously every action we take cannot be weighed out like that, but this was a big deal, it was at least months out of the wise men’s lives. Thankfully God doesn’t base our value on the good we do, our net worth, or our competency. Our worth was weighed out in precious blood, nothing less.