(c) 2009 Christiana Lambert

January 6 is one of my favorite holidays/holy days: Epiphany! While we don’t celebrate in our home with a King Cake, we always leave up our Christmas decorations until at least this date on the calendar. I not only like what this day stands for in the Christian faith, but I also appreciate the general concept of epiphanies even though my family doesn’t really do anything out of the ordinary on this holiday.

Epiphanies are all about unexpected revelations. Does it make sense that the long foretold savior who would deliver his people comes in the form of a baby born to a family of little means? Not really. No more than it makes sense that prominent men from faraway countries would travel long distances just to see the future king of a small nation that lacked the type of power the world—then or now—recognizes.

Surprise! It’s not what was expected—it’s more. The baby was sent for more than just that nation. He came for all of us.

Yesterday I hosted Moms in Touch since our usual leader, Bev, is busy revealing God’s word and work in Africa right now. It only seemed appropriate that the lesson theme be about revelation. The more I read in preparation, the more I realized that Epiphany demonstrates very well the concept that we are not in control. Things aren’t done the way we think they should be done. And that’s OK.

Sometimes epiphanies are huge, just as when the Magi came to visit Jesus.

Other times our insights are much smaller. For example, I wanted to subscribe to an RSS feed on a blog. For a moment I sat there and thought, didn’t I subscribe to this before? The answer turned out to be yes! I discovered I’ve been receiving the RSS notifications for this blog all along, but didn’t see where they were going in my Outlook folders. Whoops.

But we also experience some epiphanies that sound small, yet are really life-changing. Last night Jackson had an assignment to find a couple articles. Nothing seemed quite right and finally he said, “It doesn’t have to be perfect. I just have to print out the articles.” Those words are a miracle coming from a kid who has often missed completing assignments because he couldn’t find exactly the right answer. Just another manifestation that the 4.0 grade point he received this past semester, after so many disappointing semesters, is not a fluke, but a change in how he approaches his school work.

In our family, we belong to what we call The Christmas! Every Day Party. What that means is because we believe in Christ, then there are really 365 (or 366) days of Christmas every year. Yesterday, Epiphany, was also the 13th day of Christmas in our home. I’ll take the epiphanies I received, both little and big, as continuing gifts in the celebration.

Not only should we expect the unexpected, but we should expect to be delighted from time to time when things turn out better than planned.

Who knows what will happen this day, the 14th day of Christmas. Maybe something beyond our wildest dreams . . .

P.S. Happy 2010—may your blessings be many, both expected and unexpected!