1 King 19:12 After the earthquake there was a fire–but the LORD was not in the fire. And after the fire there was the soft whisper of a voice.(GNT)
Life seasons can be chaotic. It can have so much useless noise that drives us crazy if we are not careful to step out of the chaotic path and into His stillness. Imagine being in a hurricane or tornado, the strength of the wind, the volume as it thrashes and crashes things around you yet in the middle of the massive cloud of dark roughness is a gentleness that bellies the truth around it.
Ask yourself – Would your focus be on the peace of the almost nonexistent wind in the storm or the destructive barreling wind around the calmness?
*Isn’t it funny also how insanely calm it can be after the storm? Isn’t that the reality of it all when God shows up in our storms?
A couple of years ago, I was going through a transition that was so hard. As I was taking my daughter to school one morning, the Lord whispered; “I am the eye of the storm” Then I had a vision of a tornado and saw inside it – how peaceful, dry and calm it was and up ahead was His glorious throne.
I was so focused on the storm and the losses that I forgot He was in the storm with me and was able to silence it. Throughout the process He was speaking in a whisper, I was looking for the big signs, the strongest winds because that’s how I expected Him to show up for me. He was calling my attention to the eye of the storm, which, if you are in the middle of a tornado is usually above you. Papa wanted me to look up and see Him calmly sitting on His throne. Nothing had changed – He was still the great I AM, the all powerful and Almighty God. His throne was still occupied by Him.
You see, the storm doesn’t change God’s status – if anything, it affirms it. I am who I am (Exodus 3:14a) remains steady, constant and focused all through the gusty gails of lifes events.
It’s in the still moments that we hear His voice with clarity.
I found this really interesting; that God the Father would tell Elijah to go stand on a mountain – do this big acts yet remain silent. Think about it….
1 Kings 19:11-12a He said, “Go forth and stand on the mountain before the LORD.” And behold, the LORD was passing by! And a great and strong wind was rending the mountains and breaking in pieces the rocks before the LORD; but the LORD was not in the wind. And after the wind an earthquake, but the LORD was not in the earthquake; after the earthquake there was a fire–but the LORD was not in the fire.
I went home after I dropped my daughter off at school. The vision of the storm deeply ingrained in my minds eye and all I could see when I looked up was the throne of God. In the turmoil, I sat and waited but nothing happened. I prayed in the spirit, sang but nothing happened. Desperate, I cried out to Him, calling Him and asking Him to reveal Himself to me like He did with Elijah…nothing happened. I read the passage again and again and finally got it – a still small voice can only be heard when everything else is silent. How in the world was I supposed to do that? I had tons of thoughts running through my mind and my heart was heavy from the burden of the season and transition. Wearily, I surrendered the fight and lay on the floor crying softly, as the silence in my house became louder than the turmoil inside. I had grown to really hate that silence, it made me realize just how much was changing and how fast the process of change was. BUT in the defeaning silence – it was then that I heard Him. When I’d allowed my mind to rest, given up the fight – then I heard Him. He’d been there all along, speaking words of love and affirmation – yet – I missed it.
Allow your burdens or troubles to roll off of you. At times it’s best to let the storm keep raging and hollering – allowing the process to take place. Not every storm is bad, maybe the Lord is doing some deep intensive house cleaning and everything seems like it’s falling apart. Maybe God is allowing the storm to come and shake things up not to harm you but to build your character. Do you know when to allow the storm to just pass on by?
Sometimes the most powerful weapon of warfare is stillness in His presence – resting in Him.
Luke 21:28 Now when these things begin to occur, stand tall and lift up your heads[in joy], because [suffering ends as] your redemption is drawing near.” (AMP)
Love & Blessings!