I have a hearing problem. One that has nothing to do with my ears. They’re fine. It’s my heart’s ability to hear our LORD’s gentle pleadings. Thunder awakens the soul. Trumpet blasts call even a sleeping army to prepare for battle. But the language of love – the language that speaks deeply to my heart – is one of quiet intimacy. GOD’s love whispers. It woos…like the scent of a precious perfume.
Throughout Scripture prophets proclaim their message with voices loud and clear. Like trumpets, they call us to spiritual battle. But the clarity of their message was born in a quiet, listening heart.
“Go out and stand on the mountain,” GOD instructed Elijah, “for the LORD is about to pass by. Then a great and powerful wind tore the mountains apart, but the LORD was not in the wind. And after the wind there was an earthquake…and then…a fire. But the LORD was not in the earthquake or the fire. Then came a gentle whisper, and Elijah pulled his cloak over his face and listened to GOD’s very personal message.” ( I Kings 19:11-13)
Caregiving is GOD’s love lived out daily in the quiet and the storm. And its message is deeper and richer when we have learned to quiet our hearts to hear his gentle whispers.
Prayer – Teach me, O LORD, to quiet my heart so that, in the midst of winds and fires I can learn to wait for your whispers of direction. Amen
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