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. When Elijah heard it, he pulled his cloak over his face and went out and stood at the mouth of the cave. (1 Kings 19: 11-13)
When I read this passage, something was nudging me about it. I couldn't figure it out so I read it again. "Lord, why did you first give all those powerful demonstrations of Your power, yet you were not in the power, or destruction of the mountain, not in the fire?? What are you showing me Lord?"
I read it again.
I put it down and went about my day. Later it came to me, the Holy Spirit deposited it into my spirit. He is telling me that He wants His people to realize HE IS SPEAKING! And He always has been.
For a long time in my life, I kept waiting for these spectacular moments that the Lord would speak audibly, or thunder from the clouds, or give me a clear vision out of nowhere. I would think, "Lord, I will do whatever you say, whatever Your will is, if only I knew for sure it was You." But I realized after many years that that was part of faith, believing it WAS indeed Him speaking to me. I have journaled for many years and have practiced very practically learning to hear His voice, and TRUST that it's Him. As I have stepped out in small things, He has confirmed again and again that I am hearing. I would even test it with things, for example; when someone was calling (before we had caller ID) I would ask the Lord who was calling. Sometimes I was wrong, but sometimes it was right on! I would ask for how to pray for someone and step out in what I was feeling that I heard (it usually felt like my very own thoughts) and the person would confirm that it was exactly what they needed to hear! I would ask Him to reveal to me where something was when I lost it, or if someone lost their keys or shoes.
I feel like He is so wanting us to understand that He longingly wants us to tune into our natural senses and see what we see, what we hear in our minds, what we sense in our hearts. He IS SPEAKING, we need to know that He wants us to hear.
As I was driving to ladies group on our beautiful route here in Oregon looking out over green pastures and fields covered with lush green everywhere. I was completely enjoying God's creation and taking in His great love for me, thinking through the past couple of days, and I was suddenly recognizing that He had been highlighting a specific person to me. Then I began to think about how tickled I was that He kept reminding me, because I obviously wasn't getting it. That's when it hit me, He really wants me to hear this, and He knows I will eventually get it if He keeps nudging me, even if if it takes three different instances! :) It's a relationship, and He wants my input and interaction, He doesn't just speak once, and get mad at me if I didn't hear, or say "you weren't listening, your fault you missed out." He never gives up on me, He loves me, He wants me to hear! I was so excited I had a perma-grin all the way to ladies group.
|Here's a great representation of my excitement :)|