Lighting: The Star That Shone

by Carolyn Hope

After they had heard the king, they went on their way, and the star they had seen in the east went ahead of them until it stopped over the place where the child was. When they saw the star, they were overjoyed. On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. (Matthew 2:9-11)

We often speak of how the Magi followed the star to the house where Jesus was, but what about the star itself? It was used of God just as much as any character. The star shone brightly and with a purpose: to lead the Magi to the Messiah. It even went ahead of them, only stopping when it came to the house Jesus resided in. We often view stars as fixed points in the sky. What if each star is only waiting for the signal from its Maker to move? This star moved, much like the pillar of cloud or pillar of fire that led the Israelites in the wilderness. The star came forth at the moment of Jesus’ birth, and it went before these mighty men from the East, showing them the way to the newborn king’s resting place.

It blows my mind that God would use a star in such a potent way. Imagine the awe of the Magi, men who had studied stars for much of their lives. This star was unlike any they had ever observed. God brought something that they related to and caused it to draw them to Jesus.

Each one of you is a unique and needed star. There are people who need to see your light, people who need to hear your words and know your love, so that they may be led to the Savior of the world. There are people that you can relate to, people that you can touch in a way that others can’t. God is sending you to them to shine bright and show them the way to everlasting truth. Let the light of your life shine for all to see. It is powerful, it is needed, and it is enough.

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