I will admit today that I am going to use a repost. I wrote many great things at the beginning of my blogging journey and I am sure not all of them have been read by all the eyes who read my blog now. The challenge on weeks like this is that so much has already been said on the magi. I am not giving us something new; I am hopefully however making this more relatable.
I've been thinking a lot about the magi for that last few weeks, partly because I preached on it last Sunday and partly because this is one thing I think about every time I get a nativity set out. I'm pretty sure there is an old post about what the Bible really says about the magi - so this isn't gonna be about that.
This year with all the uncertainties and my hopes for an answer from God quicker then I feel it is coming...I focused instead on the journey the magi took.
I have always been really impressed by the magi for one reason they without giving second thought had faith in the star and themselves to follow it...they trusted that God was going to take them on an important journey and left - leaving for a several year journey that would be dangerous and at the end take them home on a different path, perhaps a longer path.
Trusting in the journey and giving up to God our lives is really hard - especially for people who want to know what is going on. It takes a lot for us to put our trust in the divine and to ultimately follow without confirmation - and for the magi this journey was several years!
God doesn't just appear to us and give us all the answers - and for those who are seeking for the first time a Creator, there isn't instant gratification. But instead, by trusting our own intuition which tells us that indeed there is something greater in this world, a power that we would like to know or something beyond ourselves, we can be lead on a journey. Like the journey the magi's took. A journey which could lead you to Christ.
For me, an already believer, I need to remind myself that when I trust God and go along the path that my creator is lighting for me - I'm on God's time, not my time. It might take a longer then I'd like for God's plan to be revealed to me and there are plenty of times along this path that I would like to leave it for my own. But if I persist by putting my trust in the Divine power, I know that God's plan will be revealed and as the magi came to stand at the foot of the savior - I too will have my epiphany moment. I just must trust and believe.
Some theologians believe that you don't actually have to have faith to begin going to church or becoming a Christian - for if you begin by doing all the things that a "good" Christian does: praying, reading the Bible, studying, worshiping that eventually these will lead you into belief, into an epiphany or ay-ha moment when you realize that indeed God's presence is all around us.
For those who are believers, epiphanies - or moments in which we stand with the Divine don't have to be once in a lifetime experiences they can come at any time. And they do! If we look back at our lives, it is the moments that we took leaps, moments we did things we thought we would never do, moments that change us and our lives. It is the moments big and small that set our course in life and which has brought us here today. On reflection, we can feel God working in those moments where we trusted or leaped; or on reflection we can feel the desire for something new and the push to trust more.
Let us all challenge ourselves this year - to live into our faith putting trust not in the moment now but in the path that will lead us to the moment when God's self is revealed - perhaps for the first time or perhaps once again!