I had absolutely no idea, kept coming the comment -- in this case a compliment — from my oldest son and his girlfriend. They visited with me in Hayesville over the Christmas Holiday. Some of you know the exciting reason for this visit is due to the fact that my family is all over the country and the world. It's a proud father who can brag on his children who are all pursuing different phases of education and employment.
While Anne spent her Christmas time with Kelly and Preston, Neil and Marli (his girlfriend) spent some time with me. Drew spent his time up in Vermont, where he is employed. Drew has already let us know that Christmas just ain't my thing. Clearly the creative chaos indicates that we are all in different phases in our lives.
Neil and Marli, however, had absolutely no idea that Hayesville, as well as the surrounding area had so much of nationally-known retailers, local stores, culture, and certainly nature. The National Car dealerships; a town square full of one-of-a-kind stores and restaurants; playhouses, an internationally-known folk school, a nationally recognized college; and lakes, rivers and mountains. I had absolutely no idea, was their sincere go-to line of choice.
Perhaps we sometimes need to see through another's eyes what is around us. They had absolutely no idea that that is what they were doing for me in their visit.
Perhaps God sometimes does that for us. We are simply moved by an experience or a sight. And even if it is ordinary, it seems to point beyond the ordinary to something of extraordinary, inexplicable holiness.
We are now in the liturgical season of Epiphany. Think about what it means to have an epiphany. Epiphany synonyms include flash, inspiration, insight, realization, vision, sign, surprise, bombshell, discovery, lightning bolt, shocker, etcetera. In other words and in terms of faith, something that we had seen or experienced before now has a holy difference to it.
Who knows what the epiphany will be for you during this church season of Epiphany? Come and see. Maybe you will have had absolutely no idea. Being touched by holiness is not something anyone can casually describe, but it is something that you can experience. For instance, look up into something as simple as the night sky.
O God, by the leading of a star you manifested your only Son to the peoples of the earth: Lead us, who know you now by faith, to your presence, where we may see your glory face to face; through Jesus Christ our Lord. (BCP, p. 214)