An Encouraging Word....
Of Stars and Snowstorms
It seems apparent that when the wise men followed the star to Bethlehem that this heavenly phenomenon was apparent to all. After all, when they showed up in Jerusalem to inquire from King Herod about the birth of this Jewish King, he didn't call into question what they had observed. Instead, he called upon the Jewish chief priests and teachers of the law to ask them about the birth of the Messiah. The star must have caught their attention as it did the wise men.
The difference was that neither King Herod, nor the Jewish leaders bothered to do anything as a result of the star's appearing. Neither got up to make the six mile journey to Bethlehem. The fact is, Herod showed more faith than the Jewish leaders for Herod at least believed the possibility that the Jewish Messiah had been born. That is why he sought to exterminate this rival king. The Jewish leaders did nothing.
I certainly don't wish to elevate a major snow storm to the level of a divine messenger. But I do believe that the God who is sovereign over the stars of the heavens controls snow storms as well. And about once each winter, it seems that we get a snow storm big enough to close down airports, close down businesses and remind us of another Old Testament scripture. "In their hearts humans plan their course, but the LORD establishes their steps." (Proverbs 16:9). We make our plans, but ultimately total control belongs to God alone.
Many people must have seen the star, but only three bothered to learn from it. Of the many who experienced the 2010 after-Christmas blizzard, will there be more this year who learn from it?