After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi from the east came to Jerusalem and asked, "Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews? We saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him."
. . . the star they had seen when it rose went ahead of them until it stopped over the place where the child was. When they saw the star, they were overjoyed. On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh. Matthew 2:2-11
I have been pondering the kings, those first gift-givers, and the star that led them to Christ. That is a well know part of the nativity story and I have heard it many times. But looking back over the last year of my life, especially my time in Nairobi, I see the ways that God was present in my service, a light to guide me right to the places where Christ was waiting for me.
At times the journey was unpleasant, dark, cold (figuratively definitely not literally), and painfully lonely but if I took a look around I could see God moving in the work, illuminating paths to guide his creation into his story. Often I was blessed to see glimpses of what those wise men saw, heaven come to earth, a Christmas of sorts, a holy moment, a reminder that God is with us.
I hope that during these twelve days of Christmas you, too, are able to see the small or large ways God is moving in the world around you and through the work of everyday life. I hope that that recognition serves as a light to guide you.
Brittany returned from her internship with International Justice Mission (IJM) in Nairobi, Kenya in April 2012. The IJM Kenya team works to combat cases of child sexual assault and illegal detention for people who would have no access to legal representation. Brittany now lives in San Antonio TX, where she is a middle-school math teacher for students with learning disabilities.