It’s Epiphany season, and although (or perhaps because) I wound up not getting to church last Sunday for the big celebration, the thought of Epiphany has been floating in the back of my mind, periodically bobbing up and down, all week, maybe sort of like that star the Three Kings followed.
I can’t imagine dropping everything to follow a star. I’m a nester; I’ve moved only once in my life, 27 years ago, and I think I’m still traumatized. In some ways, though, I’m a follower: I prefer to work in the background and generally am uncomfortable being in the spotlight. And I try, not especially successfully, I fear, to be a follower of Jesus.
But we all follow something or someone, I think, even those of us who lead – follow many things, in fact, in different ways. And what we follow says a lot about us and who we are.
So I guess what I’ve been trying to figure out this week is: what star(s) am I following? (other than see above). Do I know what my goal is (come to think of it, did the Magi know? — They thought they did, but I rather suspect what they found wasn’t what they expected, which may be true for many of us). What does what I follow that say about me? Do I like the direction? Does it feel right? Where has it lead me? And, perhaps most important, should I be going home by another way?