Matthew 2:12—And having been warned in a dream not to return to Herod, they left for their own country by another road.
This is the story of the Wisemen, and an often over-looked awesome moment of discernment that protected our Savior’s life. This is the story that we recall on Epiphany each year, the first Sunday that our ‘new’ selves worship together.
This is the Sunday when everyone has a stronger, slimmer, more loving, more well-read, more dedicated, healthier, happier, better-looking, more faithful, newer, better version of themselves bubbling under the surface, waiting to come out from under layers upon layers of anger, fat, procrastination, distraction, laziness, sadness, loneliness, brokenness.
And we are so quick to write off all the things that brought us to where we are, so ready to become entirely new.
And while self-improvement is something we always will, and always should, strive for. Something about this tradition is off from that.
That’s why I would invite you to take this resolution with me instead:
Spend time discerning which areas of you life God would change, rather than the ones you would change.
Isaiah 60:2-3—-For darkness shall cover the earth, and thick darkness the peoples; but the LORD will arise upon you, and his glory will appear over you. Nations shall come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your dawn.
We’re all in a darkness that makes it hard to see our own life and our own selves.
So instead of peeling backs layers…
Why don’t we walk to the end of the light and see what falls off?