Looking for Lightning

We like grandeur. Whether it be mountains or oceans, gifts given to or received from others. We like to see things done in such a way that we can stop and think, "Wow!  That was amazing!" It seems that in those moments, it is easy to really feel loved, or appreciated, or heard. But what about in the silence? What if the answer is harder to see, more difficult to hear?

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What about thinking about this concept in relation to God?

When you pray, what are your expectations? Let's be honest - we all have them. Realistic or not, we always have an idea in the back of our minds of what we want to happen. We even have a specific idea of how things should play out.  And sometimes, we even expect the answer to be exactly what we want it to be. But anyone living in the real world, pursing a real relationship with God can attest to the fact that oftentimes, God doesn't work that way.

Thunder and Lightning

We want the thunder and lightning to fill up the night and speak into our pain and suffering. We want to hear God's answer in such a way that there is no doubting that He is speaking. I love the story of Elijah in 1 Kings 19: “Go out and stand before me on the mountain,” the Lord told him. And as Elijah stood there, the Lord passed by, and a mighty windstorm hit the mountain. It was such a terrible blast that the rocks were torn loose, but the Lord was not in the wind. After the wind there was an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake. And after the earthquake there was a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire. And after the fire there was the sound of a gentle whisper.

Wait.

What?

He wasn't in the windstorm.

He wasn't in the earthquake.

He wasn't in the fire.

How did God answer Elijah?

Through a whisper.

Likely so quiet that had he not been paying attention, he would have missed it.

I think we do that more often than not.  We beg God for an answer.  Then we go and stand on the mountain, and we wait for the wind or the earthquake or the fire for his reply.  And sometimes we can become so consumed with looking for His answer that we don't actually HEAR his answer, which often comes through the whisper.  It implies a certain amount of disciplined listening take place on our part.  Sometimes God does answer through thunder and lightning.  But other times, God wants us to look beyond our own expectations and to hear, rather than try to see the answer.

Listen for the whispers.

I encourage you to listen for the whispers.  I have a feeling that God likes to use the whisper.  If you have ever been a parent, perhaps you understand that sometimes all the shouting in the world will not make your child listen.  But, if you keep calm and talk in a very still, small voice, your child will actually hear what you are saying.

I'm proposing that sometimes God has to use this tactic as a parent to his wayward children.

Sometimes it is the only way He can really get our attention.

Don't miss the whisper.

Whisper - Natalie Grant

Always looking for a sign A burning bush, a flash of light To show me what to do

A voice coming from the clouds That'll knock me to the ground So there's no doubt it's You

You calling my name You pointing the way So I don't have to choose

There's no need to pray I don't want to wait on You

I'm always looking for the lightning For the thunder crashing down I'm always wanting easy answers Wanna hear You speak out loud

I keep wanting something bigger Sometimes I miss Your whisper

I don't ever slow it down Stop the wheels from going 'round Can't hear You through the noise

You'd think I would learn To take You at Your word And know Your still small voice

Calling my name Pointing the way One step at a time

I know I should pray I know I should wait on You

But I'm always looking for the lightning For the thunder crashing down I'm always wanting easy answers Wanna hear You speak out loud

I keep wanting something bigger Sometimes I miss Your whisper

It isn't always obvious Sometimes I gotta learn to trust Let it go and listen up

I don't wanna miss Your whisper

I'm always looking for the lightning For the thunder crashing down I'm always wanting easy answers Wanna hear You speak out loud

I keep wanting something bigger Sometimes I miss Your whisper

I don't wanna miss Your whisper

 

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