Epiphanies are splendid! They dance into our heads as sublime "Aha!" moments and light up our minds with fresh insight into God or humanity or how the world works or how we should live. Some epiphanies are literally world-changing:
Archimedes climbs out of his famous bathtub wet and newly aware of how objects displace water. "EUREKA!"
An apple drops on Isaac Newton's head, and a whole new world of truth about physical relations breaks out inside it.
Some epiphanies move characters in literature:
Hamlet has a moment of zen, when he realizes "There is a divinity that shapes our ends, rough-hewn them how we may." The revenge around which his life has revolved may not be worth all that angst after all.
A light goes on in the intrepid 8-year-old Scout in To Kill a Mockingbird, and a new way of living dawns: "Atticus was right. One time he said you never really know a man until you stand in his shoes and walk around in them. Just standing on the Radley porch was enough."
I don't know what your latest one looks like. But this is my hope: in these fresh first days of 2023, friends, may you follow the example of the Magi, who saw a significantstar and turned their lives inside out to follow it . When the God who loves you gives you an epiphany, plan that trip...
Prayer -- God, so many times you have opened my eyes or my mind, but so few times have I thanked you and moved on the fresh thought. Build me into a person whose epiphanies change lives -- mine and others -- in Jesus. Amen.