The Brightest Star

Have you ever looked into the sky and looked for the North Star? There were multiple times when I was camping as a kid that my dad used to point me in the direction of the North Star when we would look up, and we would always marvel at its beauty and the wonder of the universe. (In case you were wondering how a kid could wonder that, I was always curious and more mature for my age.)

The North Star is called such because it sits above the North Pole and serves as a directional guide. It also might be where we get the phrase “find your true north,” because your “true north” is what helps you stay on track in life–your faith, for instance. Universe Today puts it like this: “the North Star shines with a humble brightness that belies its navigational importance.”

So isn’t it interesting that the first sign outsiders have that Jesus has been born is a star?

The wise men approach King Herod and ask him where the “King of the Jews” is because they have seen a bright star. When they embark on their journey to find Him, “the star which they had seen in the East went before them, till it came and stood over where the young Child was” (Matthew 2:9). And what do they do when they see the star? “They rejoiced with exceedingly great joy” (Matthew 2:10).

To others, this star was simply a bright star in the sky that evening, but to the wise men, it pointed them in the direction of their King.

And that is who Jesus is. He is the light, the directional guide, our King. And we should rejoice and worship at simply seeing His sign. We should be joyful that He is here.

I don’t know about you, but that’s a reminder I need, especially now. I love the Christmas season, but I often feel rushed, like I have so much to do in addition to my every day, and I forget to rejoice. I forget to be joyful at His presence. I forget to remember that this season marks the birth of my Savior.

I pray you would take some time to rejoice, no matter how or where you do it. And I pray you would be reminded, as I am, to use Jesus as your true north.

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I have a B.A. in English and an M.A. in Communication. I am a writer and an editor. I contribute regularly to an online publishing platform, Coffee House Writers, and to local magazines. I use my faith and my story--my testimony--to live in an authentic way, build community, and help others. I strive to have my faith guide me in all I do.

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