Frederick Buechner says, ” Life itself can be thought of as an alphabet by which God graciously makes known God’s  presence, purpose and power among us.  Like the Hebrew alphabet has no vowels, and in that sense the words are always veiled, subtle, cryptic so that it is lef to us to delve their meaning, to fill in the vowels, for ourselves by means of all the faith and imagination we can muster.”

I think this is a good analogy.  God speaks to us in such a way, not because God chooses to be obscure but because the meaning of an incarnate word is the meaning it has for the one it is spoken to, the meaning that becomes clear and effective in our lives only when we discover it for ourselves.

It seems it takes hard word to hear the incarnate word, but the discovery of God’s voice, presence and and power is worth every ounce of energy and time!