These three passages talk about people coming to a new understanding of God, and relationship with Him. In Psalm 22:31, posterity “will proclaim His righteousness to a people yet unborn–for He has done it!” In Genesis 16:13, Hagar recognizes “the God who sees me,” and takes hope in hopeless circumstances. And in Mark 8:27-30, Peter recognizes that Jesus is the Christ, the first time the disciples say so in scripture.
One of my favorite words is “epiphany.” The word means “a moment when you suddenly see or understand something in a new or very clear way.” I have been fortunate in my life to have had a few epiphany moments. One occurred in medical school when I was walking to the VA hospital as a third year student. It was very early in the morning, still dark and cold in Oklahoma City, and I was dreading another day of seeing patients who were dirty, drunkards, smokers, frequently homeless, with little hope of getting better largely because of choices they had made in their lives.
Suddenly, it was as if God spoke to me. I realized that these men were people who were loved of God, and that they were helping to teach me the practice of medicine, without me having to pay them or do anything other than my best. How humbling an experience it was, and how necessary for me to become the person God had called me to be. I nearly wept as I resolved, starting that day, to love the men I was helping to care for, no matter their circumstances.
That epiphany changed my life forever. From that day forward, I looked forward to seeing the men on the wards, to talking with them and caring for them as best I could. And I was richly rewarded, getting to see one of the last soldiers from the Spanish American War, and many from World War I, getting to hear their stories and to show God’s love to them.
Let God open you to His epiphanies, His new understandings. For He will do it!
Contributed by Steve Burns