by Sal Huckel
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‘And having been warned in a dream not to go back to Herod, they returned to their country by another route’ (Matthew 2:12).
Today is Epiphany! Is your Christmas tree still up?
When I was growing up, our decorations went up from Christmas Eve. They remained while we watched the Magi move around the church until finally arriving at the nativity scene at Epiphany.
Did the events of last year teach us to wait patiently, persist on our journey, and seek the Lord? Or perhaps we don’t want to wait. We want it all over now, and we’ve had enough of the journey.
Wherever this Epiphany finds us, may we find an epiphany of our own. When the Magi asked the enemy for directions, God still had his hand on them as well as the Messiah. The Magi were simply alerted to the trouble through a dream and went back a different way. It’s the last simple line of the account. The peril was of no consequence because God had everything covered.
As we go on with our journeys this year, may we have the faith and confidence that our Lord has his hand on us and will send us on an alternative route when he needs to. May we trust and listen to him – even if we inadvertently sometimes ask the enemy for directions.
Lord, we know you are sovereign over our lives! May we seek you, journey to get closer to you this year, and remain discerning to the changes of plan you would have us make to bring your will to pass in our lives. In Jesus’ name, Amen.