The Lord said, “Go out and stand on the mountain in the presence of the Lord, for the Lord is about to pass by.” Then a great and powerful wind tore the mountains apart and shattered the 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 came a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire. And after the fire came a gentle whisper. 1 Kings 19:11 – 12

Elijah—a powerhouse for God—experienced one of the greatest stories of the Old Testament. He was invited to see God. But he had to experience destruction before he heard God’s voice.

Isn’t that how Life turns for us? When life’s winds and storms fill our world, we call out to see the power of God. Somewhere in our heart we hope He’s greater than our current storm.

But sometimes the storm gets bigger.

pulseThat’s what happening for our country as well as other places in the world. Our country has dealt with some pretty mighty storms over the past few weeks. We watched as Orlando dealt with unbelievable tragedy and loss—first at the Pulse nightclub then heartbreak surrounding the death of a two-year old boy at the Disney World Resorts. We then saw fires in California rage  Firemenbeyond comprehension. We heard of floods in West Virginia. Many began to wonder how communities would ever recover from such devastation.

And the storms kept getting bigger.

Recently we watched as our British neighbors voted to exit the European Union. Talking heads began tell us this was the beginning of the end. Watching the 24-hour news feed we saw commentators wringing their hands, telling us that the sky was falling. Then Turkish airport attack sent even more shock waves through

Well, maybe it was.

But just as God loved Elijah and He loves us, too. Just as God came to Elijah in a gentle whisper, we need to be alert to God’s whisper to us as well.

Storms are powerful, but they are not bigger than the Creator of the wind. Fires and floods can take away a life-long accumulation of possessions, but do not dominate the Author of Life.

Mourn with those who have suffered loss. Be there of offer what support you can. But mostly listen for the voice of Almighty God. He is there … whispering.

11 thoughts on “Listen for the Whispers

  1. Thank you for reminding me that my Lord is always there. I need to take the time to listen!

    1. Thanks for commenting.

      I know I’m easily distracted when I spent too much time watching the news and not with my Heavenly Father. It’s a trap anyone can fall in if they’re not careful. But if we remember who placed the stars in the sky, we will find peace in the midst of turmoil.

      Keep coming back and commenting. I can’t tell you how much it means to me to have you as a reader.

      Hugs, Robin

  2. We need to remember whose arms shelter us in these horrific tragedies. In Him lies our hope, healing, and our help. Our world is so broken. Thank you, Robin, for reminding us about the Creator of the wind and to listen to the whispers.

    1. Hi Barbara –

      I in no way want to simplify our current events and situations, but while I deal with what’s happening around me, I want to focus on my Heavenly Father. Stay focused, that’s my plan.

      Thanks, Barbara, for taking the time to comment and join in the discussion. That means a lot.


      1. Oh yes, and that’s exactly what you did! You drew us/me to the Father. Stuff is going to happen in the world. Your focus was on our Heavenly Father, and that’s what touched me so.

  3. Robin, it is refreshing to read a post by someone who understands that these things will increase as the end comes but keeping our eyes fixed on the Author and Finisher of our faith is the key to persevering and finishing strong.

    Thanks for the reminder and encouragement. We need one another as the day approaches.

    Shalom rav y’all.

    1. Thanks, Jean! It’s so easy (SO easy!) to get caught up in the affairs of the day. Still, though, we need to be aware of what’s happening around us. That’s how we’ll know how to speak God’s peace to hurting hearts. The struggle sometimes is finding the balance.

      Thanks, so much for taking the time to write a note. I appreciate you!

      Hugs, Robin

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