In an effort to prepare Him room this Christmas, I had the gift of several hours of silence at an Advent Quiet Day. The theme of this day was “Lessons on Seeking from the Wise Men”.
For me, this lesson came at s time when I am seeking discernment for my next vocational season. Am I to continue focusing all of my time and talent in my home with four children? Am I to continue developing a non-profit that I am passionately committed to? Am I to continue offering spiritual direction in more formal settings? Develop my spiritual writing? Work with pastors to bring the streams of Christian faith more fluidly into various denominations?
So a day watching the wise men travel for almost two years with only stars as their compass, this was an illuminating day for me. I saw these wise men as they really were… SEEKERS. I asked myself: who am I traveling with who is spiritually wise? Who are those in my life who are traveling with me toward the very present reality of Jesus… The reality of generous worship, sacrificial and costly giving, being in the presence of a holy humble King?
I lament the loss of some of these daily traveling companions. First of all, my dearest and best companion Angela R. Her life with us has ended here and she now takes up residence in the very present reality of Jesus Christ… In eternity. While I have parts of her life deeply embedded in the inner workings of my soul, what I miss the most is the daily ability to have here companionship. Her traveling companionship. Some friendships are for particular places and seasons of life, but this friendship was as close to what I imagine these wisemen shared. All from different places but with a similar passionate pursuit of the present reality of Jesus. Angela, I praise God that you have entered into your rest and peace and the fullness of joy. I sense you beckoning me onward towards this reality even though we don’t share the same lonely road any longer. It is a sweet consolation, even as I miss you so deeply today, that I have had your companionship for over 12 years… Companionship that demonstrated to me a life led by wisdom. So as I write this list of what I saw in the wise magi from the east, I see your face instead of theirs. You, my dear friend, are the wise one that I will miss until I too come face to face with our holy King Jesus.
For my wise friend Angela who has found Jesus…. A tribute to the journey of the three wise kings
Wise people travel together
Wise people leave the comfortable and go
Wise people stay focussed on what God reveals to them
Wise people listen
Wise people see
Wise people fall on their knees
Wise people worship
Wise people give their best to the most treasured part if their life
Wise people seek with with their whole being
Wise people search
Wise people journey
Wise people wonder
Wise wise people are not afraid to travel in the dark
Wise people live in the questions
Wise people pay attention to their dreams
Wise people have stored up treasures to give
Wise people speak Gods truth- always
Wise people pay attention to Gods voice and guidance
Wise people think, act, and behave differently than foolish people
Wise people keep their attention upwards, towards heaven
Wise people pay attention to messages in Gods creation
Wise people are prepared for the long road ahead
Wise people are attractional… People want to know where they are going and often follow
Wise people are transporters of untold treasures and riches
Wise people are generous with their time and treasures with those they love