One of the definitions Merriam-Webster gives for the word epiphany (other than the Christian holiday that is celebrated today, January 6) is:
A usually sudden manifestation or perception of the essential nature or meaning of something.
To have an epiphany is to see something that’s been in plain sight clearly and fully for the first time. We know that God is with us, that in Him all things were and are and will be, but in Jesus we see God in His fullness.
“Every valley shall be lifted up,
and every mountain and hill be made low;
the uneven ground shall become level,
and the rough places a plain.
Then the glory of the Lord shall be revealed,
and all people shall see it together,
for the mouth of the Lord has spoken.” Isaiah 40:4-5 (NRSV)
The glory and just plain bigness and completeness of God is all around us. We miss the rapture and awe of God’s creation and God’s world sometimes because we are so mired down in the day to day business (or should I say busyness) that we don’t see it.
Epiphany reminds us to open our eyes and ears and hearts and take God in and truly live- but also it reminds us to let Him shine in us and through us, so that He may be seen more fully in His world.
(Jesus said:) “You are the light of the world. A city built on a hill cannot be hid. No one after lighting a lamp puts it under the bushel basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven.” Matthew 5:14-16 (NRSV)
How can we be the light of the world today? Even if only in one other person’s world?