“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. 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?”
1 Kings 19:11-13
This story has always been one of my favorites… It reminds me of how God talks to His people. I know that we, as Christians, sometimes think that God will talk to us with this booming voice saying exactly what we need to do or where to go. (Which He sometimes does!) The thing is though, generally God talks to us in different ways like through a gentle whisper, or through the words of a song or the words of a friend.
I was reminded of this recently when I was answering a friend’s text message. I was telling him that I've been busy lately, not overly busy, but that the drama of work and personal life can sometimes make life seem busier. I told him that I’m trying to remember to take life one day at a time... His response really hit home and was exactly what I needed to hear. He said, “We have to seek contentment and peace in any situation God places you in life… Sometimes that means just taking things one day at a time! But you can always take heart knowing that God is for you and with you even if you don’t know what tomorrow will bring.” Without even knowing it my friend spoke God’s promises and truths to me about what I have been seeking Him about. What a great reminder that God knows my every need, hears every heart cry and knows how to speak to me.
What are some areas you've been seeking God? Rest assured that He does hear you, He is listening and He is speaking to you! It just might not be exactly how you’d expect it!