Blog Jan 9, 2011
This Epiphany I have been reading and re-reading the texts about the Magi. These wise men had come a great distance to see the Child, and when at last, star-led, they found Him, they found themselves offering their gifts, chosen to honor a new King, to a peasant couple’s Toddler. It was a moment, Matthew tells us (2:11), of great joy and deep worship. But humanly speaking, it must have also been a moment of astonishment. The journey (including the person of the young King Himself) had held a full measure of the unexpected.
Then, consistent with the unexpected, their trip home also contained a surprise. Having been warned in a dream, Matthew tells us (2:12), the wise men abandoned their planned itinerary and went home by another way.
Anticipating the year that lies ahead, I have been thinking that I need to hold my plans and expectations lightly with an open hand. I do not wish to imprison God in my expectations: I want to see God where He chooses to reveal Himself and worship Him there. And, on this late stage in my life journey, I trust His faithful care. However sensible my human plans may appear, I want to be quick to alter them as I sense God’s redirection. I know that this may entail unexpected, perhaps unwelcome change. But I know, too, that as He directs me, going home by another way is, whatever the change, the safe way home.
How do you plan to manage the surprises in the year ahead?
Grateful with you for the changes that lead us safely home even when they require a road we never expected to travel.
See you next week.