When we read of a divine appearance (fancy word: epiphany), we often think of something dramatic — trumpets, smoke, fire, angels — all the Cecil B. DeMille stuff. But Gen 12 mentions none of that.
So how did Abram recognize God while Abram was on his journey to who-knows-where? He recognized God enough to hear the promise and to build an altar. But, how did he know it was God?
We don’t know. But I suspect the appearance was subtle — someone was there around the bend in the road. . . someone joined the caravan . . . someone needed help by the side of the road . . .
Jesus gives us a hint, Asked, “When did we see you . . .?” Jesus responded, “As often as you did it for one of the least of these, you did it for me” (Matt 25:40).
If you wonder when you might see God in all the challenges we are facing on this journey, look around for someone who needs your help. You might catch a glimpse of God in the person you are helping, and that person might catch a glimpse of God in you.
Peace be to you,