As we draw closer to Christmas, the words from one of my favorite holiday songs keeps playing in my head. The song is about the magi following the star to find baby Jesus. Even though Jesus is small, they recognize that He is a King with the ability to bring us all together. The central theme running throughout the song is that even great miracles come from small things.
When I look around at all that has happened over the course of this year—especially as of late—I see many parallels between the time Jesus was born into and the time in which we are currently living. There was great conflict in Israel at the time of Jesus’ birth and it was the stars in the sky that signaled His arrival, which was to change the world forever. However, most of the people during Jesus’ lifetime didn’t understand who He was and what He was doing for them.
And what is going on today? Conflict and turmoil on a worldwide scale. As well as signs and wonders in the sky, as showcased by the Christmas Star conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn on December 21st; an event that hadn’t occurred in nearly 800 years.
Jesus once said, “You know how to tell a change in the weather, so don’t tell me you can’t tell a change in the season, the God-season we’re in right now.” (Luke 12:56, MSG)
The same thing is occurring today. God is moving in new ways but it doesn’t look or feel like we expect it to be. Many are not recognizing His hand in current events because it doesn’t make sense. All breakthroughs are preceded by limited sight, uncertainty, and oftentimes a battle to hold on to the promise until it manifests.
We are at a uniquely pivotal time in history right now. All the signs are heralding that something special is coming. Just like the magi, we need to embrace it with hopeful anticipation. And we are nearing the celebration of the greatest miracle the Earth has ever experienced, that originated from the most humble birth of a tiny baby in a stable. If nothing else, just remember that great miracles come from small things.
All Scripture quotations are taken from THE MESSAGE, copyright © 1993, 2002, 2018 by Eugene H. Peterson. Used by permission of NavPress, represented by Tyndale House Publishers. All rights reserved.