Recently most Christians around the world celebrated the Feast of the Epiphany, that is, celebrating the three wise men coming from the east to see the baby Jesus.
An “epiphany” is a revelation, a sudden discovery or realisation; like when we’re driving and see a police car and receive an epiphany that keeping under the speed limit is a good idea.
There’s a story of an ugly man who noticed the women at his work read their horoscopes in the newspaper daily.
So he asked for their birthdays, and thus their star signs, and started making their horoscopes and his dreams come true.
For example, if the Sagittarius in the office “is to receive love with the softness of violets” he would wear a purple shirt to work and hang out at her desk all day.
Soon all the women in the office were in love with him, until the same newspaper dobbed him in. Fortunately, the three wise men fared much better.
Why? Sincerity. The wise men searched for the “King of the Jews” as they put it, and they saw his star rise in the East.
Their sincerity of heart in finding him was most admirable as the journey would have been long and tedious, but the joy upon finding him and their faith confirmed by the manifestation of the divine before them would have been great.
They even brought him gifts! Jesus taught that wherever your treasure lies, there will you find your heart.
Remember when your mother would say “Get the butter out of the fridge [please]” and you’d reply “I looked and it’s not there!” then she’d say. “Yes it is! It’s in a yellow container!” and you’d say “No it isn’t! I just looked!”
Then your mother goes to the fridge and picks up the butter container that was right in front of your face all along.
The three wise men were sincere in their search and so found the one all the evil king’s soldiers couldn’t. Whatever good you’re searching for in life, you’re more likely to find it if you search with sincerity.