Continuing our way through the Advent season with the LEGO Star Wars Advent Calendar. One week from today, we’ll reach the end of this absurdity. Yet, there have been touching moments as well. (Not my words, but what others have commented to me.) Thanks for reading.
We’re keeping it with the Naboo Fleet. Today, we have a Naboo Flash Speeder.
This ship? It’s one good trait was described in its name, speed in a flash. In the blink of an eye you could be far away from where you were.
I see this, and think of a swift response. I mentioned it yesterday with the shepherds, and how they responded instantly to angels’ announcement. They stopped what they were doing, left the sheep they were watching, and went looking for Jesus.
Even more surprising was the appearance of the magi/wise men.
Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, wise men from the east came to Jerusalem, saying, “Where is he who has been born king of the Jews? For we saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him.”
—Matthew 2:1-2 (ESV)
Tradition has it that the wise men visited Jesus on the night of his birth, but the Bible doesn’t indicate that. It does tell us the wise men responded quickly to the sign they saw in the sky, and appeared in Jerusalem after Jesus’ birth. Joseph, Mary and Jesus were still in Bethlehem when the wise men found them, and some scholars say this was two years after Jesus’ birth. Depending on their country, and the methods of travel, this makes sense. For two years they searched dutifully for Jesus so they could worship him and present him with gifts. Two years in pursuit. That’s commitment.
Our response, how quickly we go about it and how committed we are to it, means a lot when it comes to following Jesus. There are a lot of people who acknowledge God, but yet they don’t respond to his call. They have many other things to do before giving time to God. God doesn’t want our empty words, he wants us to follow him.
Also, are we looking for God? The magi were looking for him, even in another country that didn’t have the interaction with God like Israel had. Are we looking for him? Especially if we have firsthand knowledge of who he is? If we attune our lives to his, it will be easier to respond to his call. We’ll be able to respond quickly.
The disciples dropped what they were doing when Jesus called them. Elisha almost didn’t make the cut when he didn’t respond immediately when Elijah called him. How will you respond?