One of my favorite Christmas songs is “Star of Wonder.” The lyrics, melody, tune and promises embedded have always given me hope and seasoned my dreams and imagination of God’s creativity and vastness. Just ponder this, God using the heavens to signal to the exiled world and attentive Wiseman, a son is given. The prophesied Messiah has been given to earth. Joy has come. A virgin and donkey are carrying the promise of the nations to Bethlehem. Here are a few lyrics to Star of Wonder composed by John Henry Hopkins Jr. in 1857 to soak in.
Some say a star will rise again
In the hearts of humankind
Some say we have been in exile
What we need is solar fire
Star of wonder, star of night
Star of royal beauty
Westward leading, still proceeding
A star of wonder
The definition of wonder is a feeling of surprise mingled with admiration, caused by something beautiful, unexpected, unfamiliar, or inexplicable.
I have many wonderings this Advent season. Reading the Advent stories and scriptures afresh this year and meditating on the events, surprises and circumstances of 2021 just has me in this special place of admiration of Jesus and God’s unexpected and mysterious workings. I ask myself, how many times have I missed an unfamiliar and mysterious signal from God? Am I gazing upon the Star of Wonder, the Morning Star, or am I gazing upon the turbulence below the shining light?
“Your lives light up the world. For how can you hide a city that stands on a hilltop? … So don’t hide your light! Let it shine brightly before others, so that your commendable works will shine as light upon them, and they will give their praise to your Father in heaven.” Matthew 5: 14 and 16 (TPT)
I wonder what the traveling journey was like for the Wiseman. What surprises did they cross? What did they see in the night and day sky? Did Mary and Joseph look up and wonder too? I wonder who else was curious about the star of wonder?
“And when they saw the star, they were so ecstatic that they shouted and celebrated with unrestrained joy.” Matthew 2:10 (TPT)
I pray that we would have that fresh delight and wonder of Jesus, the humble Lamb, coming victoriously to earth to set us free and place us in relationship with the Father of Lights. Amen.