Spiritual Insight for your "Journey across the Sky"
Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, wise men from the East came to Jerusalem, saying, "Where is He who has been born King of the Jews? For we have seen His star in the East and have come to worship Him." Matthew 2:1 & 2 (NKJV)
3 a (1): a usually sudden manifestation or perception of the essential nature or meaning of something (2): an intuitive grasp of reality through something (as an event) usually simple and striking (3): an illuminating discovery, realization, or disclosure b: a revealing scene or moment
Have you ever had one of those aha moments? You know the ones, where all of a sudden a light goes off and you realize the answer to a puzzle you have been trying to solve. One of those moments where something profound hits your consciousness like a freight train. You get run over from the experience. It is something you can not deny. You know it when you experience it. One of those instant enlightening moments as if someone suddenly turns the light on and you can clearly see for the first time in a long time.
To a song writer it is the "hook". To a scientist perhaps a newly discovered gene. To the novelist, a plot twist and to a child perhaps it is the first step. To Archimedes it was the discovery of buoyancy for which he is reportedly to have shouted "Eureka"! To Isaac Newton it may have been when he got hit on the head with a falling apple. Young Albert Einstein was struck with inspiration when handed a compass and realized that some unseen force in space was making it move.
Aha moments are everywhere. They come unexpectedly most times but usually while searching. Although they appear to be sudden discoveries, they are however the eventual outcome of due diligence. Curiosity causes a ripple effect to begin. The constant searching and seeking after understanding led many a young pioneer to new discoveries and great advances in the arts and sciences. Without curiosity and the constant seeking for answers there would be no new discoveries, or aha moments to write about.
Sir Isaac Newton put it best when he said
"I keep the subject of my inquiry constantly before me, and wait till the first dawning opens gradually, by little and little, into a full and clear light."
The Christian life has unfolding moments like that, when you discover there is much more to God and his kingdom than you first knew, much more to his purpose for you than you imagined. Abraham experienced that at age 75, Moses at age 80, the Apostle Paul on the road to Damascus.
The Magi from the East had their aha moment as well. They were astrologers by trade, star gazers, who spent their lifetime studying the sky. They were learned enough to know this shining new star was to symbolize the coming of a new King for Israel. So they set out in search of this King. The obvious place to look for an Israeli King would be Jerusalem. When they arrived there they were greeted by Herod the reigning King. They inquired of him and his learned men as to where this child was, who was born "King of the Jews", for they saw his star. He was not to be found there.
In further searching of the scriptures it was noted that Bethlehem in Judea was to be the birthplace of the King. So off they went in search of the answer to their inquiry.
As they went they beheld the star shining brighter and brighter as they approached the place where Jesus was. When they arrived, the star stood right over the house, and they were filled with great joy. They were about to have an aha moment. Alas! Eureka! We found Him!
For the Christian finding out that God is real is probably your first aha moment, the beginning of your journey to understanding God. Each new discovery should deepen your desire to know more. It is this discovery of greater truths that stands as your aha moments.
What started out as a small light in the sky grew into a great awakening for these wise men who traveled far from home to find what they were seeking.
Each aha moment begins with a new light shining in a familiar place. It is this newness, placed amid the familiar, that stirs a longing to seek for more. If we are never presented with new light we would never develop the hunger to seek more. If your nest is never stirred you may never learn to fly. Instead you would stagnate as individuals in Christ.
The Lord can be found by all those who diligently seek Him with their whole hearts. There must be a stirring in your heart, a desire to know more of Him, to seek to find greater understanding of where He is. Once you set out on this journey to find the King of the Jews you will not stop until you actually have an encounter with God himself.
Reflection upon this newly discovered light leads one on a journey of discovery. Standing in the way of any new found wisdom are all the traditional barriers to your understanding. While seeking the King of the Jews, He was not to be found in Jerusalem as conventional wisdom would have taught. Instead the wise men had to look further, dig deeper into the scriptures to find out the true birth place of this new born king. Had they stopped searching after reaching Jerusalem to find no new child king they would have missed the greater blessing awaiting them in Bethlehem. You must continue to dig deeper, look harder, gaze longingly into the darkness, ever looking for that new light. Without the continued inquiry and waiting for the fuller light to shine into your dark places, you too could miss your aha moment.
It is these flashes of new light that brings us into a deeper understanding of God's ways and who He is. Do not miss your aha moments.
But those who are waiting for the Lord will have new strength; they will get wings like eagles: running, they will not be tired, and walking, they will have no weariness. Isaiah 40:31 (BBE)