Have you ever had an “aha!” moment? My husband had one recently. After suffering from migraines for many years and not being able to pinpoint his triggers, we finally noticed he seemed to get them more often on weekends than on weekdays.
“How strange,” we thought, until he remembered he drinks twice as much water at work as he does chasing a toddler or running errands on the weekends. He upped his weekend water intake and the headaches declined dramatically. It was an epiphany.
Today is the feast of Epiphany - a much more profound “aha!” moment celebrating the revelation of Christ as the Savior of the world. On this day, we remember the wise men reaching the end of their long and mysterious journey as they followed the light of a star to Jesus’ birthplace. These foreign travelers welcomed the infant king who revealed his divinity “to the nations.”
Perhaps you’re in the middle of your own long and mysterious journey. Maybe it’s chronic pain, a broken relationship, a profound disappointment or a step into a new and unknown life phase. You don’t know where God is leading you, and it’s testing every bit of your faith to put one foot in front of the other.
Remember Jesus is the light of the world, and he will light your way. He has been where you are. He knows your pain and fear and suffering intimately. He is with you and guides you in the midst of it all.
At your dinner table tonight, consider marking this day by lighting a candle and saying this Epiphany prayer:
"O God, by the leading of a star you manifested your only son to the peoples of the earth: Lead us, who know you now by faith, to your presence, where we may see your glory face to face; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen."
“God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging.” –Psalm 46:1-3
Written by Lauren Sturdy, prospect researcher for Buckner International, as part of a special Faith Focus series focusing on the faithfulness of God.