Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Send me a whisper

Often the answers we seek aren't clear. We pray and hope, and sometimes we worry over what we are about to do. We look for the big signs, the affirmation or the trepidation that precedes making a decision. We might even say to God, "Lord send me a sign, something that will help me know for sure that I am walking the right path -- send me something BIG, so I will know for certain."

The Lord spoke to Elijah the prophet this way:
Then the LORD said, "Go outside and stand on the mountain before the LORD; the LORD will be passing by." A strong and heavy wind was rending the mountains and crushing rocks before the LORD--but the LORD was not in the wind.

After the wind there was an earthquake--but the LORD was not in the earthquake.

After the earthquake there was fire--but the LORD was not in the fire.

After the fire there was a tiny whispering sound.

When he heard this, Elijah hid his face in his cloak and went and stood at the entrance of the cave. A voice said to him, "Elijah, why are you here?" (1 Kings 19: 11-13 emphasis added)
Remember those teachers in grade school, the ones who would whisper to get the attention of the class? They were firm, yet mild; they caught our attention with a whisper. We began to anticipate their whisper. This is how the Lord works with us, too. And it requires us to listen -- a virtue in this busy world that many of us find difficult. It's hard to hear past the chaos; it's easy to become desensitized to the noise. Ultimately, we will hear only that noise, and drown out the still small voice of God, even though we are earnestly trying to pray.

Bring yourself back into presence of the Lord. Stop what you are doing, turn down the noise that fills your ears and mind. Settle your soul in the warmth of His light: Adore with all your heart; offer sincere contrition; thank Him for all the good things He has done; place your petitions before Him with trust and ask Him to send you a whisper.

Then, listen -- listen very carefully and do as God suggests:  "Be still and know that I Am God." (Ps 46: 11)

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