Week 24 8/7/2016
Title of drawing: "Beholding God With Us" (Matthew 2)
Whoever or whatever we worship takes priority and precedence in our decisions and commitments. We order our lives around them or it and the meaningfulness illuminated in our world view is defined by our worship. Matthew 6:21 states, "where your treasure is, there your heart will be also." The Magi ordered their lives around observations of a coming king. Following through with their belief led them face to face with the King of kings. Such a long journey from seeing a peculiar star to beholding God incarnate would require endurance, steadfastness, and a lot of supplies for the trip. Measurements, calculations, and reason in what the Magi could interpret would manifest confidence in what they hoped for and assurance about what they had yet to see.
Jesus was around two years old when the Magi met him. You can't walk away unchanged from such a long journey packed with such a confirming encounter. As a two year old, I wonder if Jesus knew the Magi were coming? Psalm 139 tells us God's eyes saw us when we were formless and all our days were written and planned before a single one of them began. This drawing envisions the view from Joseph and Mary's front door as Jesus witnesses the arrival of the Magi.
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