"Leave this cave, and go stand on the mountainside in My presence. The Eternal passed by him. The mighty Wind Separated the mountains and crumbled every stone before the eternal. This was not a divine wind, for the eternal was not within this wind. After THE wind passed through, an earthquake shook the earth. This was not a dicine quake, for the eternal was not within this earthquake. After the earthquake was over, there was a fire. This was not a divine fire, for the Eternal was not within this fire. After the Fire died out, there was nothing but the sound of a calm breeze. And through this breeze a gentle, Quiet voice entered into Elijah's Ears. He covered his face with his cloak and went to the mouth of the cave. And behold, a voice came to him and said, “What are you doing here, Elijah?” - 1 KINGS 19:11-13
When All hell is breaking loose...What do you listen for?
You're alone. The Torrent of life is threatening to turn your world to rubble. The roar of life's deafening winds nearly knocks you off your feet. The Chaos starts.
Where are you? Why are you doing this to us?
Your earth is shaking. The steady places are no longer. The heat of all that consumes You is scorching Your soul.
Is this your presence? Are you courting me with wind and quake and fire?
Sometimes all the calamity is indeed attention getting. It jolts us into an awareness of how off track we've gotten and he will do anything he can and use all he creates speaks to us to beckon us back to his presence..
Are you Even listening? Do you care what's happening to me?
And Sometimes All the calamity is simply just noise. We glorify the wind and quiake and fire and somehow show contempt for the simplicity of the peacE - as if that could be all it takes. If we can center ourselves in the adversity and wait just wait it out - When the final echo of the pandemonium ceases - there will be a voice. That whisper will be the one that will give us strength to continue. That quiet voice will gently pull us aside as we cover our faces in desperation listen as it says to our hearts, 'Precious one, why are you here?'
What misfortune are you EMBRACING...Wind, Earthquake aNd Fire?
Or can he trust you with his silence?
Tara is Greg's girl, mom to two sons of thunder, a hunger fighter, big dreamer and worship pastor at seacoast church.