Epiphany Challenge

Ever sat through a mystery movie and missed the critical clue that revealed the whole plot? I'm so used to this humiliating goof. I get caught up in all the distractions and rabbit trails within the unfolding drama. A career as a detective is not in my future.

Unfortunately the same is true in other areas of my life, like my ability to understand what God is trying to do in the unfolding of my everyday life. Again, the distractions of my ego desires and sinful attachments take me down all kinds of rabbit trails. Once again, humiliations galore!

I feel like Job when he describes God's movement "Look, he passes by me, and I do not see him; he moves on, but I do not perceive him" (Job 9:11). Either that or I don't get it until way after the event has passed and I see it in hindsight. I'm not alone in this either, it seems the disciples were a bit slow from time to time as well, "But the temple he had spoken of was his body. After he was raised from the dead, his disciples recalled what he had said. Then they believed the Scriptures and the words that Jesus had spoken"(John 2: 21-22, my underline added for emphases).

For several years now I have intentionally taken up Ps 27:13-14 as my verses for the coming year. They continue to create a vision for me and put energy into my heart to beat and purpose to get up in the morning. "I am confident in this, that I will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. Wait for the Lord, be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord." This is also the great Epiphany challenge; to see the glory of the Lord in the land of the living. It is to 'see' how God shows up in the everyday.

One thing I do believe, it takes time and practice to be able to "see" correctly. Really this is what Rhythm of Grace is about, providing some space and time to practice seeing. When we learn to see then we learn to live, it naturally follows. Too often the teaching method is to live (or do) first, then you can see (be). They must work together to both be authentic, but according to Scripture there is a proper order. Unfortunately our culture (secular and religious) seems to think just the opposite.  

Rhythm of Grace provides training through the Scriptures to show this proper order and how to correct it in our lives. We also provide practice opportunities so that a lifestyle of 'seeing' can be lived out in your everyday commitments and responsibilities. Please check out some of the practice opportunities below that will be of help to you as you learn to see and wait.