They followed the star as it appeared in the East. I imagine that, during their journey, there were times when it was cloudy. They couldn’t see the star because of the clouds, but they continued in the same direction, believing the star still there.
Becky’s mom continued her journey through the snow storm and eventually saw the star, as it gave guidance to West Liberty, where SHE would find safety and home. The Wise Men also continued their journey, I would suggest, by faith, to the place where Jesus would be and there they would worship him and lay their gifts.
On this road of life, there are many times when people of faith face cloudiness in our lives, but we continue forward by faith, moving in the direction in which the Holy Spirit guides and eventually we see the STAR, Jesus our Lord.
As we enter 2014, what are your plans to develop a new focus? What are your plans for becoming the kind of person our Lord desires you to be? We can make all sorts of New Year’s Resolutions, but are you going to take the Lord in advisement and seek his will?
Let us learn from our mistakes and sins of 2013 and leave them with Jesus as we enter 2014. Ask him for new direction if you have no idea what you should be doing. Ask for his guidance if life is cloudy right now. He will point you in the direction of home and safety. Happy New Year!
The Most Rev. Michael Layne is a Bishop in the Lutheran Orthodox Church and can be reached at 812-614-2160 or www.doclayne.com.