Sudden insights, known as epiphanies, are personal in nature. "Aha!" we say to ourselves. "Now I see! Now I understand!" And then, if you're like most people, you move on. I do. But there are those rare times that it actually changes your life. You act on that insight and you are never quite the same. You grow. Your life changes course. The river shifts to a new flow. Your eyes see things differently.
I find epiphanies are fleeting and don't matter much if you don't act on them. If the Magi had not reported what they saw, the course of history might have been very different. As I write this, I am actually having an epiphany. Imagine. I started out thinking epiphanies don't matter much. In this country, most of us do much about this day when everything changed in the Bible. Just another day for most of us. Then I thought, wow, it's all about being mindful. Its about remembering who we are and why we are here. Its all about living the life we were meant to live and figuring out what that life might look like.
Moving forward. Getting through. There's more to life than that. As this day of sudden insight unfolds, I am reminding myself to pay attention. Remember to look for those revelations that are everywhere. We just have to be open to seeing them. Epiphany. It's not just the twelfth day after Christmas. It can be everyday. Just look for the signs. They are everywhere.
Note: This is the day in the Bible when Christ manifested to the Gentiles via the Magi (the three kings). In Christendom, it is the day of festival of commemoration of when Christ revealed himself as the divine son of God. It is also defined as a moment of sudden revelation or insight.
the manifestation of Christ to the Gentiles as represented by the Magi (Matthew 2:1–12).