I think that the ability to be amazed by little things: to see more when other people see less, to be surprised again by the beauty you have seen a hundred times, and to wonder how life could give you such a marvelous gifts...is a real gift.
My dad taught me this gift. Every time I visited him, we would sit at his kitchen table and look out his back door at the activity of the birds and the squirrels, and be amazed by the little things. He always had stories to share about the little creatures, as if he was still watching them for the first time and he was so filled with joy.
One of the reasons "the wise men" deserve that title is because they were wise enough to see in the star of Christmas what others missed. When they arrived in Jerusalem. the wise men asked King Herod:
"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" (Matthew 2:2).
What is remarkable about the wise men is not that they saw the star. Everyone who looked into the night sky saw the same star. No, what made them wise is that they recognized the star for what it was: a sign that could lead them to God.
Life is full of signs, full of God at work, and what distinguishes the wise from the foolish is the ability to recognize them for what they are...God at work. My dad not only noticed these blessings of God at work in nature but also having the eye of an artist, he could see the beautiful patterns and remarkable colors God places in life.
What would 2018 be like if we would notice more of those moments in our lives and remember that they are signs that point us to God.
Just wondering...Pastor Patti
Rev. Patti Napier