For unto us a child is born. – Isaiah 9:6
So I just read this story about a Russian lady named Babushka who lived 2,000 years ago. The story is not a true one, but it was quite powerful as I read it. Babushka was always cleaning and cooking. Household matters consumed her. They consumed her so much that she couldn’t even go outside to see the amazingly bright star everyone was talking about that had appeared out of nowhere in the night sky.
Soon after, three men knocked on her door. They were kings! They told her that they were following the star hoping to see the one whom it foretold. They asked if she’d like to give a gift. She said she had some toys, but they wouldn’t be good enough for the new, young king. The wise men tried to persuade her to go with them, but she just had too much to do and they left without her.
After the wise men departed, she looked and saw the toys. She had the overwhelming urge to give them, but they were dusty. She spent lots of time cleaning them up really nicely. After she was finished, she thought of catching up to the wise men, but she was tired. She thought she’d sleep a bit, but ended up sleeping a really long time. The wise men now had quite a head start.
She headed after them anyway. She was consistently able to find someone who saw them and say, “They went this way,” or “They went that way.” Her journey took her all the way to the innkeeper who told her about the young couple who stayed in his stable. He tells her that they found the one they were looking for . . . the Savior, who is Christ the Lord and he believes the family headed toward Egypt.
Babushka walked away sad and continued her search for Him, but never found Him.
We have a trillion things to do this time of year and just about that many places to be. We can get so consumed with getting it all done that we could easily do exactly like Babushka. Let’s purpose in our hearts that we will be like those wise men who looked up, stayed focused on the star, and got to see with their own eyes the greatest gift this world has ever been given.
Don’t let Christmas come and go only to find out that you missed Him.