God Was In The Gentle Whisper

The Lord said [to Elijah], "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. 1 Kings 19:11-13

 This was God's response, when his prophet, Elijah, reached the end of his rope, was literally begging God to simply let him die because the burden of living had become too great.

So God told Elijah that he would come to him, and he did. Not with a great show of force and fireworks. No. God chose a means that befitted the fragile psyche of the exhausted, depressed Elijah. 

God was in the gentle whisper.

Sometimes, when I am feeling depressed and overwhelmed, this is exactly what I hope for, as well. God's gentle, comforting, presence.


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