Day 5

Day 5

Numbers 24:17 

I see him, but not now; I behold him, but not near – a star will come out of Jacob; a sceptre will rise out of Israel. 

 

A New Star

On a trip to the Tien Shan Mountains in Kyrgyzstan we slept in a yurt. At night we could see an astonishing number of stars. In York our attempts to star gaze are frequently frustrated by light pollution and cloud cover.  

Balaam, a prophet during the time of the Exodus, considered the abundant stars and shooting stars visible as he and his people wandered through the wilderness. Maybe, sitting outside his tent one night, he senses the coming of a new star, one he occasionally glimpses, but then loses sight of, but which he knows has immense significance for God’s people, a star signifying a ruler coming from Jacob, to bring hope to the exiled nation. His hope is so deep, he can almost feel his presence. 

We know that Jesus has conquered death and established his rule; we know he is with us, but so much can cloud our vision and dull our experience. We catch glimpses of him; we sense him close by, but worry, relationships, money, ambition, failure, all create ‘pollution’, so we can’t always sense his presence clearly. 

When Jesus returns we will see him face to face, and nothing will cloud our view. 

Amen, come Lord Jesus! 

Anna B

  • Church of England.
  • Diocese of York.