Sunday, August 7, 2011
Love: Sunday, August 7th
Elijah came to a cave where he took shelter.
Then the LORD said to him,
'Go outside and stand on the mountain before the LORD;
the LORD will be passing by.'
A strong and heavy wind was rending the mountains
and crushing 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 there was fire—
but the LORD was not in the fire.
After the fire there was a tiny whispering sound.
When he heard this,
Elijah hid his face in his cloak
and went and stood at the entrance of the cave." - I Kings 19
What does this story mean? To me, it suggests that when we hear of disaster, or when it happens to us, God is not part of the horrors and violence. God is the "tiny whispering sound," the voice of love and gentleness which is always with us, before, during and after the horrors. We cannot rightly find Him if we suppose Him to be something, or part of something, or creating something, which He is not.
If we are looking and listening for God, we must have a sense of who He is. In this passage is a hint: listen for the "tiny whispering sound," and do not be overly impressed by the violent wind, earthquake or fire. God is not in them. Elsewhere in the Bible (I John 4), it says plainly and simply, "God is Love." If God is love, we can begin with that assumption, and listen for Him in love.
Praying for the families of those who were killed in yesterday's military helicopter crash. May God comfort their loved ones, and give them all of the help they need.