The Prophet Isaiah says that darkness covers the earth and thick clouds cover the peoples. The prophecy from Isaiah sounds like it could be made for our times.
There is darkness all around. Wildfires, storms, our government has shutdown. We are in the middle of a global trade war. The economic disasters of central and south America have caused a wave of migrants seeking work.
There is a lawless feeling that we are right on the edge of riots and protests. We live in a world of violence with many things in our lives that cause great anxiety.
But the Prophet Isaiah also says, “Your light has come. Raise your eyes and look about for upon you the Lord shines.”
The wise men looked to the heavens and saw the star at its rising. They were overjoyed at seeing the star. They searched diligently for the child. They brought treasures and did homage.
The wise men are truthseekers, star gazers. They are very much focused on listening to voices above them and inside them. They listen to and interpret dreams. They are constantly listening to the deepest voice within.
We see them looking to the heavens, to something outside themselves, to something beyond them, higher than them.
They are extraordinarily sensitive to what is going on. They listen and watch and pay attention.
The wise men see a star. The star says “Look I am here. I want to show you things. I want you to open your eyes to see that there is meaning and purpose and direction in all this chaos.”
There is chaos all around them but God is still with them. God is there. God is in their midst.
The Prophet Isaiah says to you, “Raise your eyes. Look, see, search.”
The star brings a light that is inviting us to see something extraordinarily different. The star is inviting us to see that in the midst of chaos, God is there.
Even though there is darkness all around, the incredible light has come into the world to change everything.