When God spoke to Elijah on Mount Horeb, He could have done so in the wind, earthquake, or fire. But He didn’t. He spoke with a “still small voice” (1 Kings 19:12)
God has to do some amazing things to get our attention sometimes. It's almost earth-shattering, and then it's only reflected on for 8 seconds, and then God has to try again.
Why is it that for many the voice of God is so hard to hear.
I remember watching a dear friend after the loss of his wife, struggling to put things into perspective.
He kept looking for the answer to the "why" and all he seemed to find was silence. It's the still small voice that he desired, but that's not what he was hearing because sometimes things like pain, or things of the world, seem to make the voice white noise. It's just there.
Listening for the voice is like the dial on the radio. Sometimes the frequency must be adjusted to get the desired outcome. Turning our attention to the still small voice must take ourselves out of where we presently are.
All in all, it will be okay, because whether you are listening, the voice is present in many ways. God learned a long time ago that in uniquely creating us, God will find a way to be real and present to each of us.
Stay in God's grip!
G. Todd Williams (c) 2017
Rev. G. Todd Williams lives in the Houston metro area and is a Hospice Chaplain and ordained Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) pastor.