Friday, October 21, 2011

Listening For The Whisper

It seems I am always on the move.
Going somewhere. Talking with somebody. Doing something.
I like being busy. It is comfortable.
What is uncomfortable is silence. Stillness. Solitude.
And yet that is exactly what I need to hear God. To talk to God. To grow closer to God.

I see this with Elijah.

I Kings 19:11-13
11 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. 12 After the earthquake came a fire, but the LORD was not in the fire. And after the fire came a gentle whisper. 13 When Elijah heard it, he pulled his cloak over his face and went out and stood at the mouth of the cave.
   Then a voice said to him, “What are you doing here, Elijah?”

God was not in all the loudness. He was not in the mighty power of the wind. He was not in the heat of a roaring fire.
He was in the whisper. The quiet.
It was there Elijah could here the question from God, " What are you doing here Elijah?"

It is when I find the time to spend listening to God through His Word, I will be able to here the answer to WHY I am here, and WHAT God wants me to do.

Far too often I find myself in a place I don't need to be, and I need to make time to get away from all the craziness of this world, and hear God ask,

"What are you doing here Glenda?"

It will be the only way I can get my walk back on track, when the busyness has taken me away.
Quiet. Stillness. Solitude.

Listening for the whisper.

Chasing After Hearts,
Glenda Johnson

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