Saturday, October 10, 2009

A Gentle Whisper

“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.”

1 Kings 19:11,12

Piercing thunder explodes upon quietness
All ears become subject to ringing
and no one can make out the voices
or noises around them
In a way the temporary deafness creates a slowness, creeping, slow motioned existence
Things that are loudest come to me as whispers in a bright solaced space
Where a needle pin dropping would sound like a bullet shooting past my head
It is unbelievable
The voice of God
His attempt to communicate with His people
But that is not even His voice
It is a fraction of His promenade to communicate something important
The winds pick up strongly now
Almost instantly they attack whoever stands in the way of their commandment to lift and blow
They obey the King
He communicates to them
Surely God will kill us for seeing Him (Genesis, 32:30, Judges 13:22)
Tell Him to have Mercy on us
And He will

God's glory stirs our earth. But does it stir our hearts like He does in the Bible when He speaks to Elijah? He had all the ability to squash anyone He chose to, but in the end His choice of final communication was a whisper.

Oh, Praise God! This says so much about God's Love for us! When someone whispers it means several amazing things about God's relationship with us:

1. Whispering means you are close to that person. In order to whisper to someone else you can’t be far away from them, it has to happen closely. It has to happen IN someone’s comfort zone and for that to be ok, it means these people are close to each other and are friends, brothers, sisters! God considers us close to Him!

2. In order to whisper to someone, one had to be on guard to listen purposefully with full focus to hear what is being said because it is quieter than normal talking. A whisper is meant to be listened to with INTENT to hear what is being said. One has to make it a point to lean in, focus on what is being said so they can hear it. And they do that because they want to and it is significant enough to concentrate on. Our complete attention must be given to hear a whisper, otherwise we wont hear it at all. God calls us to hear AND KNOW His voice so we may follow him.

“The watchman opens the gate for him, and the sheep listen to his voice. He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. When he has brought out all his own, he goes on ahead of them, and his sheep follow him because they know his voice. But they will never follow a stranger; in fact, they will run away from him because they do not recognize a stranger’s voice.”

John 10:3-5

3. Whispering is an adoring comforting way to communicate. It is not harsh, mean, or provoking. It intimately and loving calls and draws one into the Speaker because it feels safe. It shows submissiveness and trust (and that trust can be given). Whispering shows that God believes in us because He knows we will desire to hear Him, close off the noise of the world and follow Him.

See God Lovingly seeks us and longs for a pure close relationship with us!