Letters to Jesus (Recognizing What's Important)-16
My granddaughter called me recently and asked me what I could tell her about the three wise men. Her grandfather’s knowledge, which she presumed, was sadly lacking. So, I told her I’d call her back with some information. I then looked up “magi” on Google. I learned a lot about them which I never knew. One thing was that they were probably never at the manger where You were born. Current thought is that they probably never showed up till well after Your birth – possibly a year or more.
It got me to thinking along other tangents about these men. How is it that we always refer to them as “wise” men? What was their particular wisdom? It may have been true that they were court magicians,alchemists, mathematicians, or astronomers, but I don’t think that’s why we refer to them as “wise” men. I think it’s because they continued seeking You until they found You.
There’s wisdom in singling out what is truly important and pursuing it with single-vision perseverance. The wise man seeks the truth – the ultimate truth! The wise man carries with him gifts of gratitude if that truth be found. Neither the search nor the gifts are given up. Thus, it makes no difference whether the story of the magi is a myth or a fact. It is a metaphor for our own lives. If what we seek in life is You, and if we pursue it single-mindedly throughout our lives; and if, in doing so, our life is our gift of gratitude to You, then truly we are, like the magi, wise men.