Arise, shine, for your light has come!
Isaiah's words are taken as prophecy of the Messiah who was to come.
Today's Daily Bread/Forward Movement commentator noted the story of the three wise men, and how easy it was for them and some Christians to find that light, to find Christ. For some, it's a certain thing.
For the commentator, it's a search. It's questions and questing, rather than certainty:
Some of us want that kind of journey with a clear point of arrival. Many who know the day and hour they found Jesus and were saved experience that kind of journey. A 1980s bumper sticker said it all -- "I've found It!"
"For better or worse that is not my experience. Mine is an ongoing quest marked by occasional moments of insight or mysterious experience of the Holy, but mostly by days and months of wilderness travel and no bright star to guide me.
My '80s bumper sticker read, "I've lost it."
From a number of conversations I've had, It's not easy for most people. It isn't for me. I know what pointed me to Christ; the rest has been a quest (sorry about the rhyme)
Sometimes that light shines very brightly; it surrounds me. At other times, I feel like I'm wandering dark, empty streets, seeking the light I once had.
Someone will surely tell me it's me who moved away, not God, and they're surely right.
That doesn't help.
Maybe it's better that life is a quest to know God, to search, to strain to become more Christlike. Otherwise, I'd be smugly complacent.
I excel at missing the mark; I often feel like the most unChristlike person around. That because I am definitely unChristlike. I'm not even Saintly.
I've had those God experiences. I've felt that light enveloping me. It tells me that despite my failures, God takes delight in me and loves me.
That's what I cling to on the dark nights.
Tomorrow is Epiphany. I'll try to heed the prophet's words, to arise and shine.
I wish you all a wonderful day.