The Whisper and The Wind

Opening Prayer:

Lord help me to recognize that you work in ways both big and small.

 

Read: 1 Kings 19:11-12 NIV

“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.”

 

Reflect:

What a powerful picture. God demonstrates his control over the elements by wielding them in ways that were literally earth shattering. The message communicated however was not about God’s awesome power but his being found in the big and the small alike, his ability to accomplish his purposes in dramatic ways and in subtle ways. It’s interesting in this encounter that God chooses to show himself not in the wind, the earthquake or the fire but the gentle whisper. God knew we tend to have a flare for the dramatic, after all nobody ever said, “go small or go home!”. Let us be conscious of the fact that God can and sometimes does choose to operate through the small and subtle.

 

Apply:

God’s appearance to Elijah in the passage above serves as a strong reminder to not limit the way God works in our lives and the lives of others. Are you seeking earth shattering experiences of God and wondering why you can’t seem to find him? Maybe you should consider that God is whispering to you and you can’t hear him. Wondering why you aren’t making a huge impact for the Kingdom? Maybe you are and the effects just aren’t as recognizable. Trust that God uses all of us regardless of whether our ministry is more like the wind or the whisper.

 

Closing Prayer:

God help me to recognize your handiwork in all things. May I be a willing participant in accomplishing your mission regardless of my role, whether it be upfront or behind the scenes, ministry to few or ministry to many.

Terry Schneider