Epiphany – God is seeking us
Have you ever been struck with the wonder of God through creation?
When I was a teenager, our youth group went on a retreat one Fall. On a clear, cold night over that weekend my counselor took our cabin of boys out to the field near us. We all laid down and looked at the stars. He told us about the light from the stars taking millions of years to reach us since they were so far away. He was opening our eyes to the vastness of God’s creation and sharing the awe of God our creator. (He also happened to be a PhD candidate in Physics at the University of Kansas.)
Since that night I have never stopped being amazed at God’s creation. As I have traveled the world and seen mountains, seas, waterfalls, fjords, creatures of all kinds and people from all backgrounds, I can’t help but see how God made order out of chaos. I can’t help but be drawn to the God of the universe.
Diana, my wife, can confirm that to this day, most every night I go outside to look at the sky.
Sunday, we celebrate the Epiphany, the great moment when the Magi who journeyed from the east discover at the end of their quest not a prince born in a palace, but the baby Jesus born in a cave that had been used as a stable.
The Epiphany reminds us of something the people of God have known for thousands of years – God reaches out to us through His creation. The unique belief in Christianity as opposed to other religions is that God seeks us. We are not responsible to find God on our own, but He is reaching out to us.
Are you seeking God? Open your eyes to how God is showing up in your life. Know that God is seeking after you and me.
We may think that we are spiritual seekers – the ones on a quest for God’s presence. But that’s not the way scripture presents the story.
Scripture tells us that God is the seeker. God is revealing God’s own self to us in creation, in scripture, in our life experience, and most importantly through Christ. We are asked only to open our eyes, to see, and then respond as the Magi did in coming to adore the one who made us and then entered human history to redeem us.
No matter where we start our journey, God is reaching out to you – taking the initiative to begin a relationship.
Here is the Good News of Christmas . . . wherever we ﬁnd ourselves on our life journey, God is there seeking us. The Word has made his home among us. A light has shined in the darkness. A child has been born for us. All our travels have led to this place, and our hearts can find their rest in God!
Come let us adore him.
“But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people who are God’s own possession. You have become this people so that you may speak of the wonderful acts of the one who called you out of darkness into his amazing light.” 1 Peter 2:9 CEB