Merry Friday by Parris-
I love getting an epiphany, you know when everything seems to make sense. William S. Burroughs said, “a frozen moment when everyone sees what is at the end of the fork.” Paul says, “all things work together”. Even Joseph turned to his brothers, after his epiphany and said, “hey guys, what you did was really evil, but guess what? God made it good in my life.” Yes, an epiphany is a divine moment when God speaks….loud and clear. When all the puzzle pieces come together, when all the years of futile sweat and tears bear fruit. “He who goes out weeping, bearing the seed for sowing, shall come home with shouts of joy, bringing his sheaves with him.” (Psalm 126:6)
“Despite its popular image, epiphany is the result of significant work on the part of the discoverer, and is only the satisfying result of a long process. The surprising and fulfilling feeling of epiphany is so surprising because one cannot predict when one’s labour will bear fruit, and our subconsciousness can play a significant part in delivering the solution; and is fulfilling because it is a reward for a long period of effort.” (Wikipedia)
Has your life made sense yet? Have you been able to take the broken pieces of your past hurt and pain and use it for His glory? Or does your life feel as if you have one long question mark? Even Job was dismayed when he said, “Why did I not die at birth? Why did I not perish when I came from the womb?” (Job 3:11) But Job had a divine epiphany when he said, “I have heard of You by the hearing of the ear, But now my eye sees You. Therefore I abhor myself, And repent in dust and ashes.” (Job 42:5,6)
David, when he was running from Saul, came down into Saul’s camp and had the opportunity to kill him; instead he said, “As the Lord lives, the Lord shall strike him, or his day shall come to die, or he shall go out to battle and perish. The Lord forbid that I should stretch out my hand against the Lords anointed.” (1 Samuel 26:10) Even though David couldn’t see the whole picture and he had nothing to show for his life, yet he held onto his purpose.
Epiphanies come after years of reading His word, praying His will over your life and serving people. We all need them, Paul ran his race to win the prize. He saw something ahead of him that motivated him past the disappointment and set backs. “Looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.” (Hebrews 12:2)
The tunnel can’t be so long that you can’t see the end. I love it in the book of Ruth when Boaz says to Ruth, “The Lord repay your work, and a full reward be given you by the Lord God of Israel, under whose wings you have come for refuge.”(Ruth 2:12) I feel someone just needed that word of encouragement. To all the Ruths, Jobs , Josephs and Davids out there- He will bring you through!