There's another man in the Christmas story who did the same thing. His name was Simeon. He was parked in the Temple, led there by the Spirit, because of an intuition that he would see the anointed one of God that particular day. So, when Mary and Joseph walked in, he saw Jesus in the arms of His parents, and "Simeon took Jesus into his arms and blessed God" (Luke 2:28). Here was a man who stopped just to touch Jesus, too.
These two stories, side by side, provoke some honest reflection and invite you and me to ask:
- Where am I being led by the Spirit to find Jesus today?
- Am I willing to stop what I'm doing in order to reach out and touch him?