I am doing a little Christmas Scripture Study with my closest group of girls this Christmas and have found so much inspiration from reading unique scriptures with them as we try to more fully prepare our hearts for this glorious time of year.
The other day we were reading about God’s Covenant with Abraham and I was able to read a few scripture about Sarah in Genesis. Sarah was able to conceive and bare a son to Abraham in his old age. She was really too old to conceive and have a baby, but still she did. It was miraculous and perfect in timing, for God had a work for Abraham and Issac to do.
Then I was thinking about Mary, who was so young and “knew not a man.” Yet she was able to conceive the Savior of the world by the power of the Holy Ghost. The scriptures say “the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee.”
Mary was also given the example of Elisabeth who was barren and had conceived six months prior as an example that “with God nothing shall be impossible. ”
Sarah was too old, Mary was too young and knew not a man, Elisabeth was barren, but through the power of God and because he had a plan for the sons they would bear, all things are possible. He visited these woman, and made possible that which seems impossible in our physical and temporal world.
This season we remember the birth of the Savior Jesus Christ. As we reflect on His humble beginning, we remember these woman, and their sacred role. For me it is a reminder that God is ever mindful of us, our desires, and has a perfect plan. It also prompts me to remember that with God nothing shall be impossible. He is truly a God of miracles and a God of perfect love.
I was reading in the Bible the other day about the Wise Men who followed the star to find the young boy Jesus. In chapter 2 verse 2 it says “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.” As I pondered on this verse, which I have read time and time again in my life, one phrase gave me pause: for we have seen his star.
I have never thought about the star that miraculously and gloriously shone over the city of Bethlehem and lead the way to where the baby Jesus lay to be His star. Yet that is what it was. I wonder what star it was, if we could still see it in the heavens today? I wonder about it’s brightness.
As I was discussing His star with my husband we came to the realization that the light of a star has to travel for many days or years to reach the earth. After a star is formed, we may not see it’s light for some time, depending on it’s size and distance from the earth. For instance the light from the sun takes 8 minutes and 20 seconds to reach the earth. The light from the next closest star to earth, Alpha Centauri, takes more than 4 years to get to us. The light from the farthest visible star, which is Cassiopeia, takes over 16,000 years to reach us.
We marveled at the idea that the star that shone down on Bethlehem the glorious night of Jesus’s birth was likely created prior to that night, perhaps even hundreds of years. It is another testimony to me that God is fully aware of all the details and can perfectly coordinate the physical world with his purposes. He put in motion an incredible sign of the birth of Christ well before the birth of Christ.
As we were reflecting on the wonder of His star, we couldn’t help but wonder on our lives. What in our lives is already in motion so that we may experience the miracles we seek or need in a future day? Where might God be setting the stage for us to one day have a time when all things come together in a miraculous moment? And will we realize that God was shaping all the details of the miracles of our lives all along?