Saturday, April 16, 2011

after the wind, earthquake, and fire - a still, small voice.

Today, a huge hit of storms and tornadoes have shaken Raleigh, amongst other cities. Besides being in hurricanes, I have never seen winds, rain, and hail like there was today. There are buildings destroyed, power out everywhere, and debris is wherever you look. Thankfully, I haven't heard of lives lost here. Praise the Lord.

I was at a bridal shower during everything today. Like the curious, excitement-loving person I am, I was sitting by a big set of glass doors during the storm, watching the hail bounce on the deck and the trees whip around in the wind. I figured if I heard a train sound I could get in the hallway. Maybe not the best strategy, but anyway, as I was sitting there, I thought of the passage in the Bible, in 1 Kings 19, when Elijah is waiting on the Lord, wanting to die in despair. 

"And he said, Go forth, and stand upon the mount before the Lord. And, behold, the Lord passed by, and a great and strong wind rent the mountains, and brake in pieces the rocks before the Lord; but the Lord was not in the wind: and after the wind an earthquake; but the Lord was not in the earthquake:

And after the earthquake a fire; but the Lord was not in the fire: and after the fire a still small voice."

God finally spoke to Elijah in a still, small voice. In a way that Elijah would have to completely focus on the Lord and listen to what he needed to do. If he hadn't been paying attention, if he had focused on the storms and the fire, he would have missed it. 

Sometimes God's direction and guidance is clear. Sometimes all you have to do is look into His Word, (you know, those INSTRUCTIONS He left us), and you will have your answer. But sometimes, we need to listen. To spend time with God, and just listen. Focusing on Him, worshiping Him by spending time with Him. If we have accepted the gift of Christ's salvation and given our lives to Him, then we have the Holy Spirit. All the time. If we listen, just like Elijah, we can hear that still, small voice.

Let's take time today, after the wind, after the storm, when it's finally calm, to listen to our God. He wants to spend time with us.

1 comment:

  1. So very true. I love the analogy of Elijah and the still small voice. So true... sometimes God has to "rock our world" before we finally settle down and listen to His voice. Glad you are OK.



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