This week we our Chaplain’s Corner is written by Kim Howell who is the Organizational Development Coordinator and the Chaplain Coordinator. Thank you so much Kim for your words this week and how you serve so many people at Valor.
I’ve always wondered why the magi who visited Jesus are thought of in such a positive light? After all, they were basically sorcerers and Exodus 22:18 states, “you shall not allow a sorceress to live.” This past Sunday at church, Pastor Craig Smith, taught on Matthew 2, and he explained the legacy we leave is determined by the priorities that drive us. Our priorities shape our perceptions. Our priorities lead us to oppose or cooperate with what God is doing.
In Matthew 2 the text goes on to say 2:9 -11 – after hearing Herod, they went on their way; and the star, which they had seen in the east, went on before them until it came and stood over the place where the Child was. When they saw the star, they rejoiced exceedingly with great joy. After coming into the house they saw the Child with Mary, His mother; and they fell to the ground and worshiped Him.
The magi journeyed into experiences of spirituality and of faith they weren’t expecting. They learned the prediction of the Child was prophesied a thousand years earlier. The star came to life and directed them. They witnesses unexplainable mysteries and emotion. The magi’s priorities changed from a mission of diplomacy to a mission of worship. The mysteries of God brought rejoicing and exceedingly great joy.
I often journal my own personal God mysteries. They don’t have to be a big thing; it can be calling someone when they were also thinking of you. It can be an encounter with a stranger that is filled with tenderness or a heartfelt prayer with a friend or colleague. It can be the beauty of a timeless Christmas carol that brings tears to my eyes or even yearly traditions that bring back old memories and new smiles.
I pray this season my priorities are in the proper place to cooperate with what God wants to do in and through me. I hope I leave enough slack in my “to do list” to make room for the Godly encounters that He will bring into my life. I hope I take the time to realize these special moments that can often fade away if not consciously noted. I plan to take time to self-evaluate what are my joys revealing, what are my fears revealing and what are my priorities revealing? I want to consider in what areas am I opposing God and to praise God for the small voice that helps me to cooperate with Him and me to recognize the mysteries He put before me.
Wishing you all the fullness of recognizing God’s mysteries in your life and the lives of those you love this Christmas.