So thankful how they are enjoying this journey so far!!! Last night, we wrote on little pieces of paper how each of them saw Jesus in their day as we are seeking to see Him. Parker told me, “I saw Jesus in the dark clouds while it was snowing…there was a beautiful bright light behind them and it made me think of Jesus.” I shared with him how amazing that was because Jesus is the light in the darkness–and the Light of the world. Laney told me, “I just saw Jesus all over my heart today over and over again. And her heart kept making her do nice things.” Sweet girl…I had to hold back a giggle hearing her sweet little voice say that and I asked her to share an example. We wrote these down and put them in our treasure box. Then we all agreed on a new place for the wisement to venture to and rest until the next devotional. This will be the devotional I share tonight…
THEN…it meant they could only be directed when most of us like to sleep.
It. Was. Not. Easy.
It was probably one of the most ambitious journeys ever attempted during this time.
He who called them would lead and guide them.
He who called them would protect them…from thieves who had already heard of their incredible venture as indeed each town would meet them and hear their story…an unbelievable story from reputable travelers who were known to be wealthy and carrying gifts. The Lord who called them would also protect them from the territory they traveled through that was ruled by the Roman Empire. Have you ever thought that it was God’s protection asking them to follow a star…leading them to travel only by night…and some times having to hide in protection by day? And have you ever considered that maybe the Lord has you walk through what might FEEL like periods of hardship or dark times to actually protect you and ultimately bring you to the place He desires you to be…to bring Him glory…and to help you see His glory and experience Him fully?
There were days and weeks where the wisemen were afraid…that they questioned was this God’s best for them…was this REALLY what God wanted them to do…did they hear Him right–or was He calling them to the dessert to be attacked, hungry and tired? Would His revelation really be at the end of their journey? Would it really be worth it?
Remember there were many days and nights of uncertainty and darkness in the journey of the Magi. But you and I have the gift of knowing how their story turns out…that it really will be worth it. Trust Him in the dessert and trust Him in the darkness. He is always with you and with Him you have nothing to fear. He will give you strength…protection…and nourishment for your journey just like He did for the wisemen–just keep looking for Him and seeking Him—and as you seek Him, you will always find Him.
P.S. My sister, April, and my brother-in-law Harris made it safely to Jo-burg (South Africa) this morning. It’s night time there–so they are going to bed and will take off for Zambia in the morning. Please pray for saftey and that they can get all 6 bags to Zambia between the two of them. Please pray for wellness and strength and their bodies quickly adjust to the new time zone so they can serve the orphans and widows in the week ahead. Thank you!!! And say a prayer for my mom and dad as they care for their 3 little girls here!!! More updates to come on their journey!