Matthew 2:9-11 says:
“After they had heard the king, they went on their way, and the star they had seen when it rose went ahead of them until it stopped over the place where the child was. When they saw the star, they were overjoyed. On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh.”
The story of the wise men is often not as accurate as it should be.
In most nativity sets we have them visiting Mary and Joseph and the baby in the manger and gazing at the newborn baby in wonderment. In reality scholars have written that the wise men didn’t find him for two years.
It was a long journey for them and since a camel can only walk 20 miles a day they had to pace themselves and go slow.
There was no fast way to get there.
Over mountains and valleys the quest stayed the same for them.
They wanted to meet the ‘Holy Child’.
It was difficult and often in the midst of many chaotic days.
As the journey continued for the wise men
I believe each time someone came to Mary and Joseph and
confirmed that this child,
their baby was the chosen one
they held him a bit closer and wondered what it would all mean.
It is written that Mary pondered each word and kept them in her heart.
The journey was long for each of them.
Starting with Mary riding on the donkey
as they headed into a place called Bethlehem with Joseph
leading and walking alongside her.
Then the shepherds had their own journey to the place of his birth.
Then the wise men kept at their pace for a very long time to see ‘the Child’ and bring their gifts to him.
The journey to Jesus is often a challenging one.
Even for us.
I wonder if we are willing to take the first step.