The Season of Epiphany
Many stories about people recognizing God in daily life include some sort of Aha! or Ohhh moment, where someone stumbles into a new way of thinking or being. That moment of discovery is called an epiphany, which comes with a sudden insight or revelation. These stories leave us with the impression that, because of this epiphany, that person’s life is changed for the better. These stories are usually warm and encouraging, if not also “too cute” at times.
The dark side of these stories is when we are left to wonder, “Why must I continue to struggle with my faith? Why hasn’t there been an epiphany in my life?”
Enter the Three Wise Men (see Matthew 2:1-12). As Gentiles, removed from Jewish religious concerns, they nevertheless became poster boys for God’s epiphanies. During this season, we can learn from the Wise Men that:
– If you don’t go out and search, you will likely not find.
– If you don’t know where you are going, no road can take you there.
– If you don’t stop and look up every so often, you may be following the wrong star.
— Sometimes it’s best to go back home by a different route.
– If you can’t imagine God in the stable, or other “weak” places, you’re not likely to recognize the Christ anywhere.
Still looking for a resolution which is worthy of the new year? Then may I suggest that you join me in seeking to honestly test your life against the above?
— Murray Powell