Eureka! Great Epiphanies often involve a lot of work.

“EUREKA! I have found it!” This statement is attributed to Archimedes when he had a great scientific epiphany while taking a bath. He “discovered” the displacement of water by his body. From this, we’ve learned to measure the volume of irregularly shaped objects (geometry) and buoyancy (shipbuilding). Archimedes was reportedly so excited that he ran naked through the streets.

Sir Issac Newton may have said much the same thing when the apple fell on his head. EUREKA! Newton “discovered” gravity!

Thomas Edison may have had a similar reaction when he invented the light bulb. Another “epiphany.”

Of course, each of these men had devoted years to their fields of study. These “sudden revelations” or epiphanies were when all of this study had come together to an “inspired” conclusion. Edison described this by saying that “Invention is 1% inspiration and 99% perspiration.”

Most of us who are regular students of God’s Word, the Holy Bible, are familiar with what we might call “mini-epiphanies.” How often does the Holy Spirit deliver the exact verses of scripture we need to face life’s needs? It may be a verse that we are not already familiar with or it may be a new understanding of a very familiar verse.

EUREKA! It’s divinely inspired, right?

Of course, it happens much more frequently if we’ve laid the groundwork through regular Bible study.

Shalom, Art
Alive in the Word

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7 Responses to Eureka! Great Epiphanies often involve a lot of work.

  1. mtsweat says:

    Amen Art, or should I also say Eureka! That is a great word to describe those times when God’s Word surfaces at just the right moment, as only the Holy Spirit can do. I appreciate your making note that the ‘eureka’ is optimized by the essential groundwork of regular Bible study. Someone blogged the other day, “If you want to hear God speak, then read your Bible… do you want to hear Him speak audibly, then read your Bible out loud.” God bless good friend.

  2. isaiah43123 says:

    Just as these men had to pass through a certain point in their struggle, we too must pass through ours before reaching that EUREKA moment. Great post!

  3. ptl2010 says:

    Speak Lord and let us hear Your Voice
    Through the din of the world
    Your Voice of love that calls us to You
    May we humbly respond in love to YOU. .

  4. granbee says:

    EUREKA for the epiphanies the Holy Spirit sends us of yet another way God loves us, His children!

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