Today airline terminals pulsate to the returning footsteps of Christmastime visitors en route to their homes. Most everyone is using the second half of a round-trip ticket. Yet most of us know that to change that routing usually will involve paying extra fare.
The wise men planned a round-trip, but they changed their route. The Bible does not tell us which way they went, but it does tell us why they changed their plan. “Being divinely warned,” it reads—lead by the Holy Spirit to take a path which averted becoming captured by Herod who had deceived them.
As we “leave” Christmas this year, it may be wise to invite the Holy Spirit to help us leave “another way.” Allowing Him to soften our hearts, alter our priorities, clarify our understanding, cleanse our hearts—all point us “another way” than the way we came to Christmas. And on His path we will avoid the enemy’s snares. It is the wise man’s way.