“Then He said, “Go out and stand on the mountain in the Lord’s presence.” At that moment, the Lord passed by. A great and mighty wind was tearing at the mountains and was shattering cliffs 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 a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire. And after the fire there was a voice, a soft whisper. When Elijah heard it, he wrapped his face in his mantle and went out and stood at the entrance of the cave.”
1 Kings 19:11-13 HCSB
Sorry, it’s been so long since I’ve done one of these. There has been so much in my daily Bible readings that I couldn’t pick one thing to share. But today, there is this.
Tara-Leigh Cobble said this today in her God Shot pertaining to this verse.
“God is in the whisper. To hear a whisper you have to be very close to the person. If we want to hear him whisper, we have to strive for closeness.” (or something along those lines.)
I started this journey of reading through the Bible and picking it apart because I was tired of my mediocre walk with the Lord. I wanted this kind of closeness where I could hear his whispers. I startle too easily to wait for the thunder, lol. But to sit at his feet, absorb his word, and what He wants me to learn, brings me closer to Him.
In a nearby cemetery, there is a statue of Jesus, kneeling in prayer, not too far from our family plots. I remember as a little girl, climbing up in the lap of that statue of Jesus, when we would go to tend to my sister‘s grave and I would talk to the statue like it was really Jesus and tell him how much I miss my sister. I would pour out my heart until my mom caught me and told me to get them. I’m not a little girl anymore, but I still long to crawl in his lap and absorb everything he has for me.
I think as we get older, life robs us of that shield-like longing, of that faith. Now more than I can ever remember, it is hard to think to sit in the lap of a Father we can’t see and, in some cases, be so far away that we can’t feel the presence of His Holy Spirit. The more I spend time in His Word, the closer I feel to Him.
Let me encourage you to start reading and diving a little deeper into His word. The Father is waiting for us to rest in Him so we can hear His whispers.
Can you imagine what the whisper of God would sound like?