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.
That’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 beyond 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.