As a young aspiring want- to- believer, I looked for God’s assurances in events that were responses to my needs. I found them satisfied from time to time pretty much in the “obvious “works of God.
When I did not find them during a dry period, it was because God was very often not “obvious”. We are often tested to see if we are in fact open and looking for answers, even if they do not at first appear to resolve our perceived need. Often He “whispers” His Grace into our ear. It may be a question that brings us into focus. Occasionally He might shout; stop, watch where you are going ! .. with little explanation. In any event, His approach is ever changing.. just as we are growing in our understanding and receptivity.
As with many things in our later years, our perceptions change. We give greater regard to the subtleties in the way that God reaches us. He sees us wandering in the past, down the road that was built much of our life as one leading to material riches.
He often sees us as did Jesus on the road to Emmaus. He joins us, as He did them, to see how much was learned. Jesus came upon those travelers with the simple inquiry;”What is this that you have been talking about as you walk along?” They would reply: Don’t you know the things that have happened in Jerusalem in the last few days? Jesus asks: “What kind of things?”
Would he (Jesus) not know; one who suffered unspeakably and died upon the cross to fulfill His fathers mission to offer redemption of all mankind?
The travelers were to hear the reasons for all of these predestined events so as to engage their attention; for it was never told with such clarity. Jesus , still not fully recognized , was asked to break bread with them in their home. There at the table his true identity was exposed to them as the risen Christ.
That same veiled presence comes upon us in the form of the Holy Spirit who asks of us: ‘What are these things that have happened around you in these last days that have tempted you into unbelief. I will show you things that you will not believe, yet they will be true… for all will be revealed to you through your faith. You may not recognize them or understand them at first. You will find, as they found; “their hearts greatly moved and burning within them”. And, your faith will be resurrected.
To often we pass things off as happenstance or fail to recognize His voice being clearly transmitted by others in their acts as God’s messengers. We must invite Him in to sit at our table where, in that communion, simple things might be made profound : The complex made simple.