Tuesday, December 20, 2011

25 Days of Christmas: Day 7: Ain't No Mountain High enough

"Ain't no mountain high, ain't no valley low, ain't no river wide enough, to keep me from getting to you."

I think that song was actually written about the shepherds and wise men.  There was nothing that was going to keep them from getting to see the newborn baby wrapped in swaddling clothes and laying in a manger in Bethlehem.  They were following stars and listening to angels.  That actually sounds like a rock song too, "following stars and listening to angels."  The wise men traveled for day across rough terrain following that yonder star.  They were not going to let mountains, valleys, or rivers get in their way.  Not only did they travel to see the newborn king, they carried gifts for him.  They were willing to do whatever it took to see the Son of God.

The shepherds dropped everything they were doing, left their sheep on the hillside and traveled to Bethlehem because an angel appeared to them and told them to do so.  I am sure they also saw the star in the sky which had centered over the stable where Jesus laid.  They too had been given the gift of knowledge of this glorious event that was taking place in front of them.  They traveled, probably running, to see the child born no far from where they were keeping their sheep.

"My love is alive
Way down in my heart
Although we are miles apart
If you ever need a helping hand
I'll be there on the double
As fast as I can"

Singing songs of joy and love, the wise men travel knowing that whatever needed to be done they would do it for the newborn king.  They traveled as fast as they could looking for help along the way to find the baby in a manger.  One can only imagine if you were given the opportunity to be a part of the greatest gathering in the history of the world, you too would pledge yourself to help in any way possible. 

The shepherd and wise men were invited to a birthday party, the greatest birthday party ever.  The joy and love overwhelmed them but I am also sure they were scared and confused.  It would of been hard to nail down an emotion.  I only hope they were able to be in the moment.  They were able to feel the love and glory that God was bestowing on the earth that day.  I hope they realized what they were in store for and that they knelt and prayed a thank you prayer to God that day.

"Don't you know that
There ain't no mountain high enough
Ain't no valley low enough
Ain't no river wide enough
To keep me from getting to you!"

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