They Came To Jerusalem….

on December 14, 2016 in Nash-livin' with 4 comments by

What happens when the Light that guides us seems to disappear?

Y’all know me. I don’t do this a lot. (Actually. I don’t know that I’ve ever done this…. have I?) But I haven’t stopped talking about this sermon all week and I’m so grateful for technology making a way for me to share it instead of just retelling the whole thing like I’ve been doing since Sunday.

The service on Sunday morning at my church was a bit of a game-changer for me… which, to be honest, you don’t really expect during Christmas. Right? I’ve read Matthew 2 a lot of times… anyone who celebrates Christmas or reads the Bible during Advent has crossed over the story of the Magi, the wise men who brought gifts to Jesus.

But what Pastor Chris pulled out of the scripture blew my mind.

So I hope you’ll take 36 minutes to watch this and find peace and comfort and revelation AND HOPE in this word. Because I think we have all asked the question Chris is asking here- what happens when you think you’ve followed God but ended up in the “wrong” place?

(video below… if you can’t see it for some reason, you can watch here on youtube.)

Thoughts? I’d love to hear what you are processing after you watch.


  1. Heather in Canada
    posted on Dec 15, 2016 at 8:36 AM  |  reply

    Annie, thanks for sharing this! I watched a little skeptically at first – it drives me crazy that the wise men story is so often misinterpreted in the nativity scene so I was glad to see the pastor set the record straight. (Though where does the Bible say 3 wise men? Never, actually – just three gifts.) But what a unique take on the missing star! I never thought of it that way before. I can certainly relate – there are plenty of times when the star seems to disappear but it’s true that I am overjoyed when it reappears again!

    Merry Christmas Annie! It’s nice to hear your voice again on the podcasts and your blog. You’ve been missed 🙂

  2. Laura Carlson
    posted on Dec 19, 2016 at 12:04 AM  |  reply

    My heart needed to hear these truths in a way that I cannot explain! This last year has been trying. I have felt moved by God and then immediately silenced. I’ve thought I was walking through the right doors and being obedient only to get hurt when they shut in front of my front. I’m still on a journey, truly searching for my start. Knowing God has a purpose and a plan, but at the same time having a hard time believing that He hasn’t forgotten about me. I know he hasn’t, but my heart is so hurt.
    Thank you for the voice you have in our generation and in my life. I am grateful to you for speaking truth.

  3. posted on Dec 31, 2016 at 3:40 PM  |  reply

    Thanks for posting this. First, I had never, in my 45 years of listening to Christmas sermons, heard the Numbers passage referenced in relationship to the events of Matthew 2!!! What?!

    Second, I enjoyed reflecting on this after Christmas as I think about what God has for in 2017. I thought I knew what I was supposed to do in 2016, and God turned the year on its head! The year that I ought was going to be about me was actually about some others. Now, I don’t want to approach 2017 with the same mindset: oh, so last year was about others and now THIS YEAR will be about me. I don’t that was the point of all that I experienced. So, I’m wanting to guard myself against too much introspection and put feet to what He has put before me and the people I know will be coming through my door in this next month. I’m going to trust that His sovereignty will work all things together for my good and for His purposes, just like it did this year.

  4. Con
    posted on Feb 07, 2017 at 10:45 AM  |  reply

    I enjoyed the humbling commentary regarding playing a supporting role and our misplaced disappointment in the smaller picture. We often suffer spiritual blindness when God is doing something grander and from His vantage point, those detours are divine, purposeful and strategic, even pivotal at times. Thanks for sharing this and for passing along the goodness and faithfulness of God and for showing me all the “opportunities” in the detours.

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