S (Scripture): 1 Kings 19:11 The Lord said [to Elijah], “Go out and stand at the mountain before the Lord. The Lord is passing by.” A very strong wind tore through the mountains and broke apart the stones before the Lord. But the Lord wasn’t in the wind. After the wind, there was an earthquake. But the Lord wasn’t in the earthquake. 12 After the earthquake, there was a fire. But the Lord wasn’t in the fire. After the fire, there was a sound. Thin. Quiet. 13 When Elijah heard it, he wrapped his face in his coat. He went out and stood at the cave’s entrance. A voice came to him and said, “Why are you here, Elijah?”
O (Observation): Elijah is being pursued by those who wish to kill him, those who worship Baal. He goes into hiding, out in the desert/wilderness. He finds a cave. God speaks. God invites Elijah to the cave entrance. God will pass by.
God manifests in many forms. This time, God manifests in silence.
Why silence? Perhaps the stillness eludes Elijah. Perhaps God wishes to remind Elijah that nothing can move God, perhaps to encourage Elijah to be still. And therefore, nothing need be feared by any God-follower on this earth.
In the stillness, God reigns.
A (Application): My Apple Watch dings about once every hour to remind me to breathe. The watch emphasizes the importance of pausing long enough to engage in a one minute exercise of focused, meditative breathing.
Our spiritual life can use the same reminder. To pause…long enough…to allow God’s reign to sink in for you and for me.
Are you feeling like you’re hiding in a cave? Do you sense a lack of support? Do you feel like thugs are slowly (or quickly) unraveling?
God is here. God reminds us that we are cared for and loved.
May you know that God is waiting for you today…in a place of closeness…where the space between us is imperceptibly thin…quiet.
P (Prayer): Lord, be our steady guide, as always. Amen.