Monday, March 21, 2016

The Whispering of the Wind

After the earthquake came a fire, but the LORD was not in the fire. 
And after the fire came a gentle whisper. 1 Kings 19:12

It's easy to get sucked in. Okay, I'll qualify that statement. 

It's easy for me to get sucked in. 

I am always evaluating myself - Looking to the left and right at what everyone else is doing, comparing myself, having a dozen anxiety attacks because I am not keeping up.

What was that television program called The Next Big Thing?

We have become a culture of people who are led to a conclusion rather than seeking, searching or simply waiting for the direction to take shape. Instead we allow someone or a group of someones to dictate what is best. 

It's been going on since the beginning of time. 

The prophet Elijah went looking for God. He was told to stand on the mountain and God would pass by........ Or words to that effect. 

First came a wind so strong it broke up a sizable amount of boulders. Elijah's face must have light up. Wind that breaks up boulders is....... well that's one hell of a show. The same thing happened with an earthquake and a fire. Despite the sizable pyrotechnics and no matter how hard Elijah looked, he could not see God. 

It had to be disappointing. 

Have you ever made a sizable investment in something that would catapult you to the proverbial next level and no matter how hard you tried it just didn't have the impact you expected it to have?

I don't know about you but that's usually the time I begin looking to the left and right, staring at the floor and wondering what I did wrong? I mean it was working for everyone else. 

Usually there is lottsa head smacking.

That must be how Elijah felt. Every tradition he had followed suggested that God showed himself in a huge and undeniable way. See Moses and the Red Sea, burning bush, etc. Maybe God walked by and found Elijah wanting and just kept on moving. 

It's called self doubt. 

I imagine he stood there for a bit not really sure what to do or where to go. 

Then he felt a breeze move over his face. The Bible calls it a "gentle whisper."

Elijah turned towards it and from a cave came the voice of God with instructions. That gentle whisper that moves inside of each of us is the energy and the power that helps shape lives, restore faith and at times move mountains. 

We may not be called to be thunder, fire and earthquakes. Most of us will never smash boulders. We'll just move along at our own pace, like Elijah, and make our impact felt though those gentle whispers. 

That's quite and honor