Thursday, January 6, 2011


Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying "This is the way; walk in it."  
                                                          --Isaiah 30.21(NIV)

Today is Epiphany.  Epiphany is the traditional Church celebration of the Wise men arriving at the manager to deliver their gifts.  For a long amount of time (the story is imprecise) they had traveled following a star, which led them to the specific spot in Bethlehem where the Christ child was.

It's interesting that The Church has designated this observation as Epiphany.  In the common vernacular epiphany means insight - the "aha!" moment when a light bulb goes off in the head.  God sent an epiphany, or insight, for human beings when Christ was born.  This was an insight that connected not only humans to God, but also God to humanity in a new way.  That Insight lit the way for three eastern noblemen from over 800 miles away to follow.  They followed (and found!) something with much larger meaning than themselves.  I suspect, though we never hear it, that their lives were forever changed.  

When we find ourselves needing help for situations larger than we are, the lesson here is look for the Epiphany that changes things.  Be open to searching for a guiding insight or light, which God is always faithful to provide.  Take time each day to ask yourself, "Where is God's Epiphany for me today?"  Then, be on the lookout through your day and anticipate His "aha!" to hit you.

Holy God, you entered into a new and fresh kind of intimate relationship with us.  Help us to recommit ourselves daily to meeting You in return.  Help us find an intimate meaning and depth in our lives that is always larger than we are.  Amen.

1 comment:

  1. I loved this post, Mark. So many times I'm mired in my own thoughts and my own solutions and my own plans and forget to ask myself what God wants, to ask God what he wants for me, and to listen for the answers as I hunt for solutions. Ephiphany. I'm adding that to my watch word list for 2011.