Friday, February 20, 2009

A sound of sheer silence

Ok... so I know it has been way to long since we have posted anything. I have so much to say and so many pictures to post. I will at least get caught up very soon, I promise.
But for now, I will leave you with this...
"The Lord thy God in the midst of thee is mighty; he will save, he will rejoice over thee with joy; he will rest [be silent] in his love, he will joy over thee with singing" Zephaniah 3:17
Elijah was expecting God to speak to him in some powerful, jarring way. He thought he would experience Him in the rock-splitting wind or in an event off the Richter scale! When that didn't happen, he thought he would encounter Him at least in the fire. But, no, the Lord was not in any of these. Elijah heard God instead in a "gentle whisper." Another translation calls it "a sound of sheer silence." Often when we are facing a pressing difficulty, when we feel an urgent need of an answer from God, when our prayers seem to go unheard, we will feel anything but peaceful. We may question whether we have prayed properly or whether we have enough faith. But God is in that "sound of sheer silence" perhaps even more powerfully than if we would have had spectacular answers to our prayers. He is "being silent in his love." Our busy hearts can rest and be silent in Him, confident that whatever comes our way goes through the hand of our God who hears us and loves us more than we can imagine.