I Wonder as I Wander

Published on Nov 30th, 2016 by Pastor Ed Hlad | 0
I Wonder as I Wander

I Wonder as I Wander I Wonder as I Wander is a song that used to be sung around Christmas time. I was thinking about the title of that song as I found myself all alone one night. My wife was away at an early Christmas party and Tucker, our dog, was not in a talkative mood and so I found my mind wandering to deep thoughts. I wish I could say that I was wondering and meditating on thoughts that would one day change the world but I found myself wondering about things that probably have no redeeming value at all. For instance, I found myself looking at my wife’s Moosetivity. It is a nativity scene where moose are the actors. One would think that life altering thoughts would come when staring at a Moosetivity but the only thought that came to my mind was, “I wonder as my mind wanders what ever happened to the gold, frankincense, and myrrh?” I have read much about why they brought those particular gifts but very little about what may have happened to them. One author thought that they might have used the gold to finance the trip to Egypt. I was curious about that because every time I see a wise man pictured carrying the gifts they have a pretty good size chest of gold. I wonder of Joseph and Mary were set for life? Maybe they burned the frankincense in worship or kept the myrrh for the burial of Jesus? Such are the deep thoughts you get when you stare at a Moosetivity. Another thought hit me. The wise men brought something else when they came and visited Jesus. They brought him praise and worship. The shepherds also came and gave worship and praise to the babe in the manger. As they came and worshiped this one who had come to save them I am sure that they offered up words of prayer for the deliverance and peace that was promised. We may not know what happened to the gold, frankincense and myrrh but we do know what happened to the gifts of prayer and praise. Those gifts ascended into heaven where they joined the inhabitants of heaven in glorifying and praising God. Revelation 5:8 tells us that the prayers of the saints fill golden bowls of incense which are offered to God in praise. I love the dual destinies of our gifts given to God. Our physical gifts are used in the earthly kingdom of God. They often result in words of praise and thanksgiving being given to God (II Cor 9:11). Our gifts of praise and prayer offered to God are used in the heavenly kingdom of God to increase the amount of praise all ready being offered and to bring incense into the throne room of God. All gifts bring him glory. I continued to wonder as my mind wandered how far the gold, frankincense, and myrrh traveled in the kingdom of God? How did God use it for his glory? Did it allow Joseph and his family safe passage to Egypt? Did it then travel through a merchant’s hands into the hands of a tradesman who was hired to fix a roof? Did the merchant and the tradesman give some of that money back in offering to God for his provision? Did the priests take that offering and give some to a poor child in need of food? Did that child share it with others who offered up more praise to God for this small provision? How sweet heaven had to smell with all of those words of praise being offered up to God! I know that we will probably never know what really happened to the physical gifts given to Jesus. I do know, though, what will happen to that which I keep for myself selfishly. It will rot, rust, and decay. All that I cling to will never have a chance to have a journey that results in multiple people giving thanks to God. It will do nothing of value while I grasp selfishly to it. It will, upon my death, be given to others. Lord willing, they will do better with it than I have and then it will result in the giving of thanks to God. Cling less tightly to your possessions this year. Give of your time and your treasure to others freely so that God will be glorified in all things. Make heaven smell beautifully.

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