1 Kings 19:11-13
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. When Elijah heard it, he pulled his cloak over his face and went out and stood at the mouth of the cave.
As Wednesday slipped into Thursday and then further into Friday, I’ll admit that I spent my hours looking for the Lord in the wind and the earthquake. With calendar bulging and activities grabbing the days away, I tried to sweep the clutter into shadowy corners and plant my feet more firmly beneath me.
But when the snow swirled and flakes fell around me like manna, I finally breathed deeply. I stood in awe of the silence and the beauty of nature, and realized: I’ve neglected to look for the Lord in the whispers of life. Instead, I’ve fought to sift through the thunder and find rest in the mighty shaking of this world.
Lent reminds me to be purposeful about carving out space to hear the “God whispers” that go unnoticed amidst the loud claps of culture and noisy buzz of technology.
Lent reminds me that the Lord will not shout for my attention. Instead, sitting in the presence of God must begin in moments of solitude that I am purposeful to choose and when necessary, to create.
When I find it, may I remove my sandals and pull my cloak over my face. Because only then will I find the joy that comes from knowing and loving Him.
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