Simple Things

“It’s the simple things that are so hard to grasp.”
( A line from the song Heaven, by The Fire Theft.)

Sometimes in life there seems to be no hope of any relief from the constant struggle and heartache. In these times, it seems as though all I want is something incredible to happen; something to remind me there is so much more to this life than what I see. I often expect the extraordinary to overwhelm me into belief and obedience, when the entire time, God is whispering to me. For instance, last night my Mom came into town and we spent the night at my Grandma’s house. We stayed up way too late talking and in the morning we awoke to Grandma’s voice saying, “Do you want me to make pancakes for breakfast?” I know it sounds silly, but last night and this morning was definitely a whisper of God’s love to me. Isn’t it interesting how God quite often uses something small and unspectacular to remind us He is there?

I was reminded of these words this morning.

There he came to a cave and lodged in it. And behold, the word of the Lord came to him and he said to him, “What are you doing here, Elijah?” He said, “I have been very jealous for the Lord, the God of hosts. For the people of Israel have forsaken your covenant, thrown down your alters, and killed your prophets with the sword, and I, even I only, am left, and they seek my life to take it away.” And He said, “Go out and stand on the mount before the Lord.” And behold the Lord passed by, and a great and strong wind tore the mountains and broke in pieces the rocks before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind. And after the wind an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake. And after the earthquake, a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire. And after the fire, the sound of a low whisper. And when Elijah heard it he wrapped his face in his cloak and went out and stood at the entrance of the cave. And behold there came a voice to him and said, “What are you doing here Elijah?” – 1Kings 19:9-13

O Lord, how I long to see things the way You do. How I long to hear Your whisper. Help us not to miss it in the midst of earthquakes, wind and fire.