Show Up, Slow Down, and Be Silent

Fire

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.  After the earthquake came a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire. And after the fire came a gentle whisper. 1 Kings 19:11-12

I've written about this verse before.  I need to write about it again.

There is so much to these words.  I guess what strikes me first are the words God says, "Go out and stand on the mountain ..."

I have to admit there are not very many mountains in Indiana (a few hilly parts in the southern end - but up near Lake Michigan ... not so much!) 

I'm not really up to standing either!  But ... that first word: "Go."

It reminds me of the Woody Allen quote, "Eighty percent of life is showing up."  

Knowing God takes action on our part.  We need to show up.  

It's easy for me not to show up.  It's easy to sleep in.  It's easy to make excuses about not doing my Scripture reading and verse studies.  It's easy to let my prayers wait until 'later.'  And if you are like me, sometimes later never comes.

We have to show up if we want to know God.

We also have to know where to look.

When I was younger, I looked for the mountain top experiences.  Those assured me God was there.  That He cared about me.

I mean, wouldn't you expect God to manifest Himself in mighty winds or earthquakes or fires?  Something really big to announce His presence?

Not always.  Sometimes that gentle whisper you hear is God.

How easily that quiet voice can be overlooked.  In the frantic world of doctor appointments, lab appointments, physical therapy appointments, and painful days, we can easily loose the ability to hear that whisper of God.

I guess that is why I am thankful that a lot of my life has slowed down so much.  There are days when I can do little.  But I can always listen for that voice!  And on the days when chaos seemingly breaks loose, I can remember that underneath all of it is that gentle voice - speaking to me.

It seems a lot of it is about showing up - slowing down - and  listen for His voice.  It helps me put things in perspective.  

Show up.

Slow down.

And be silent.

Those are three things I can choose to do each day. How about you?

Will you choose to show up for God today?

Father God, Thank you for the many choices you put in front of us.  Even when it is physically impossible for us to stand on mountain tops, we can always listen for Your voice.  Help us to remember to show up for You each day. Amen and amen.

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