Mocked and tormented by a sea of Baal-worshipping magicians, Elijah calls out to Yahweh for divine assistance in his competitive game of show-and-tell. “Let it be known today that you are God,” the Israelite prophet exclaims, after which El Shaddai miraculously sends a beam of fire to earth that burns up the sacrifice, the wood, the stones and the soil, as well as the water in the trench. Instantly, the skeptics believe.
Where do such proofs of the divine lurk in our age?
“Have you entered the springs of the sea?
Or have you walked in search of the depths?
Have the gates of death been revealed to you?
Or have you seen the doors of the shadow of death?
Have you comprehended the breadth of the earth?”
The evidence abounds in nature’s complex beauty, humanity’s humbling finitude, and the infinite possibility of difference in communion.