Earlier this month we celebrated epiphany-the “showing forth” or “the revelation” of Christ in the world. Ruth Haley Barton writes that Epiphany is a wonderful celebration for those who commit themselves to the process of spiritual transformation, for it contains themes of journeying from the known to the unknown with only a mysterious light as a guide.

Earlier this month we celebrated epiphany-the “showing forth” or “the revelation” of Christ in the world. Ruth Haley Barton writes that Epiphany is a wonderful celebration for those who commit themselves to the process of spiritual transformation, for it contains themes of journeying from the known to the unknown with only a mysterious light as a guide.

Like the pagan astrologers who had to strike out on a new kind of journey in order to find what they were looking for, I believe that you and I are compelled by an inner desire for a deeper experience of God’s presence. We are asked to leave the familiar-with all the trappings that keep us feeling confident, secure, in control-for places that are unknown and require humility, letting go, and moving bravely in a new direction.

I wonder what priorities and personal ambitions the wise men had to leave behind in order to take such a strange journey. What kings and queens and councils were clamouring for their services, claiming that they were indispensable?

But no matter….they set off anyway, responding to what was deepest and truest within them. It was a physical journey, but it was also a spiritual journey; following guidance from strange sources, letting go of familiar settings, recognizing the presence of God in small, humble places.

So, what might we learn from walking in the shoes of those who left familiar territories to follow a mysterious star?  How is our own journey mirrored in the journey these seekers took?

As we begin to walk into this New Year, what priorities and personal ambitions might we need to leave behind in order to take a new kind of journey?

Blessings

Andrea Dean