I’m a visual learner. Back in my school days, I could remember a lot of things if I studied long enough. But it would typically be just pure memorization & then ultimately I’d forget about it after I took the test. Most of the things I remember for a period of time however, are visual.
Now I grew up in church & at church. If the doors were open, our family was there (and my Dad was always part of the lock-up crew … so we could open those doors whenever necessary!). I was in at least 18 Church Christmas Plays and have probably seen another 18+ on top of that. When I think about the traditional Christmas story, I think …
In a manager.
Riding a Donkey.
To a Barn.
And the Three Wiseman brining their gifts.
*Sidenote, all of those things are much more significant than I just gave them credit … but I’m trying to get to the point of this post in a reasonable amount of time.
So fast forward many years all the way up until LAST NIGHT. I was reading The Jesus Storybook Bible* to Evan. I was reading about the birth of Baby Jesus and it talked about the Wiseman traveling days which turned into several days, which turned into weeks, which turned into months, etc. etc. before they met baby Jesus!!! But he wasn’t a baby anymore … he was a CHILD. The Storybook Bible even had a picture of a little boy sitting in his mother’s lap as the Wiseman gave their gifts!! And they didn’t come to the manger … they came to their house!
Now can I just be flat-out honest & say I HAD NO IDEA!!!! Or maybe I did learn this at one point but then forgot. I believed the nativity scenes, the church plays I grew up with. Sure, I’ve read the story many of many times throughout my 31 years of life but like I said in the beginning … I’m a visual learner.
I can honestly say I was floored when I read this. Of course I had to re-read the story & then today I asked my sister about it & of course she knew that it wasn’t in the manger and he wasn’t a baby-baby anymore!! She would know that. So I’ve been doing my research today and I guess I’ve learned today that he was anywhere from about 41 days to 2 years. I won’t go into detail about all that … again, it’s significant – yes. It’s important – yes. But that’s not the main point of this post.
The main point is … So, what else in the world have I missed!!!! And why does every Nativity Scene & every Church Play lump the Wiseman in with the manger?!?!
*And one more sidenote – this is a really great book!! We haven’t had it that long but Evan is enjoying it a lot & obviously even his mother (aka ME) can learn something from it too!!