After listening to the king, they went on their way. And behold, the star that they had seen when it rose went before them until it came to rest over the place where the child was.
Stared at, that’s what seen meant here. Can you imagine the thoughts that went through the minds of these men, as they stared at their future? They weren’t only stargazing. Oh they saw the star, but looked beyond the sign, to the reality of Who it pointed too.
Whether you believe they received this prophecy from Daniel, passed down to generations. Or from another source, you can appreciate the knowledge that their lives would never be the same. The source of their Hope meant that they would no longer have to look to the Heavens for God’s thoughts. Now they could listen for The Walking Star who spoke Heaven’s words from earthly lips. You see, I can’t prove it, but I believe this wasn’t their last trip.
How could anyone who had met The Master, even as a baby, not return for a second look? Can you pass any baby without looking twice? If you see a smiling child, don’t you look again to smile back? How much more when you see the eyes of God smiling through a baby’s grin?
Are you tired? Has the year made you weary? Are you dreading the season? If so, I would encourage you to take a second look today, and stare at the star. Don’t just smile, don’t just repeat a phrase about Jesus and the season, stare for a moment. Look, not just at the Infant in the manger, but The God who made the journey, smiling through new eyes.