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Ask and it will be given to you; Seek and you will find. Knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened.

Matthew 7:7-8

While the rest of the world took little or no notice of the bright star that had suddenly appeared in the night sky, it did catch the eye of a few foreign fellows living in a country east of Jerusalem. Observing the spectacular stars return night-after-night sparked earnest curiosity in them.They gathered together in serious study; excitedly probing, researching, and investigating anything they could get their hands on concerning the meaning behind its arrival. When they discovered that it signaled the birth of Israel's king, they packed up gifts to present him and set off in high adventure, following not a well-marked out roadmap, but, a star.

How it must have shocked them to find life carrying on normally in Israel instead of in lavish celebration of the babe's arrival. No streamers. No horns hooting. No minstrels worshipping. Just the status quo.

Arriving at the palace, (for surely this is where kings are born), they asked after the child. But, instead, of finding him there, they found only ignorance. The chief priest and teachers of the law had to do some hasty research to discover a prophetic message that, indeed, the child ruler would come from Bethlehem.

Without hesitation these foreign fellows mounted their camels and made off in that direction. Their purpose was singular...seek and find this child whose birth was announced in the heavenlies.

One might imagine confusion in the hearts of these men when the Star of Bethlehem stopped over the modest little stable where Jesus and his parents were living. But Scriptures tell us they were overjoyed! Jumping up-and-down joy! Heart-fluttering happiness! Tears running down both cheeks excitement! Falling on their faces before the Savior in adoration!

I love these guys! In their wonder and determination, they exemplified the attribute that Jesus later said belongs to all who are part of His kingdom...a childlike heart. The eyes of Magi's hearts noticed when no one else's did; they asked questions...like "why?" They persistently sought after, and eventually found, what God had been anxious to show them. And, when they did, it filled them with joy uncontainable!

When was the last time you paused childlike to notice God's movement in your life? When was the last time you marveled like these foreign fellows did at the events leading up to the Savior's birth?

As children, we were curious once. We had eyes wide-open. We asked questions. We sought answers. Kept knocking on doors until one cracked open. There is nothing status quo about a child's heart.

Keep our hearts wide open, God, to the mysterious ways in which You work. Reawaken the child-heart inside each one of us that continually asks questions, is inquisitive, that is forever seeking to follow You and knocking until the door opens. It is only then that we may we find what You are anxious to show us, as the Magi of old once experienced, joy uncontainable!

A Blessed Thanksgiving
 

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