1 Kings 19:11-13 outlines God’s response to His servant, Elijah, who had cried out to the Lord when he felt very despondent and alone:
11 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. 12 After the earthquake came a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire. And after the fire came a gentle whisper.13 When Elijah heard it, he pulled his cloak over his face and went out and stood at the mouth of the cave.
Then a voice said to him, “What are you doing here, Elijah?”
This passage resonates with me because I too wonder at the purpose of daily life. I have read that God is in the ordinary aspects of our lives, so I have been asking Him to help me see Him – in the laundry piles, the dust, and in the reflection of the mirrors I clean.
God spoke to Elijah in a gentle whisper, not in pomp and circumstance. I seek to hear His voice in the small things as well.
Perhaps I would do well to listen rather than run as Elijah had:
1 Kings 19:3-5 says 3 Elijah was afraid and ran for his life. When he came to Beersheba in Judah, he left his servant there, 4 while he himself went a day’s journey into the wilderness. He came to a broom bush, sat down under it and prayed that he might die. “I have had enough, Lord,” he said. “Take my life; I am no better than my ancestors.”5 Then he lay down under the bush and fell asleep.
I find it interesting that Elijah fled for fear of losing his life and later asked God to take his life. Perhaps he had hope in the beginning but lost it at the end.
Per this passage, fear chases us until we succumb to hopelessness and various means of escapism. I have been running for a long time. I attribute this to many things, including my OCD and perfectionism.
I ponder the ways these characteristics play into my daily life. Perhaps they cloud my vision as I seek God in the small things; but as we read in 1 Kings 19, God is ultimately heard.
So, I shall keep seeking the Lord in this land of soap and dust.
Stacy Parent is a lifelong resident of Baytown.