Cross themeing with Abbey’s Holy Lens project. Today’s theme is “answer”, and I’m going a little deep on this one- hold on…
Then the word of the Lord came to him, saying, “What are you doing here, Elijah?” He answered, “I have been very zealous for the Lord, the God of hosts; for the Israelites have forsaken your covenant, thrown down your altars, and killed your prophets with the sword. I alone am left, and they are seeking my life, to take it away.”
He said, “Go out and stand on the mountain before the Lord, for the Lord is about to pass by.” Now there was a great wind, so strong that it was splitting mountains and breaking rocks in pieces 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 a sound of sheer silence. When Elijah heard it, he wrapped his face in his mantle and went out and stood at the entrance of the cave. Then there came a voice to him that said, “What are you doing here, Elijah?”
I love Elijah. I love him for his total certainty. I love him for his smart mouth. I love him for so many reasons, and this passage is no exception. I love how he first answers God, all full of fire and boldness and what he surely must have thought was righteous anger, and when God tells Elijah to go wait for him, there are all these dramatic natural phenomena that perfectly mirror Elijah’s interior state.
But ha! Was God in any of those attention grabbing things? Lol. Nope. By sending all these jaw-dropping events, God was forcing Elijah to see how a calm, quiet heart is the one that is able to find Him.
That’s what I need to remember. When I ask God for guidance about something, it’s usually because I’ve been pushed into an emotional, dramatic corner. And so, not shockingly, I’m so busy running a non-stop internal dialog about the situation that I can’t hear God speaking. When I seek internal silence, then I can hear God answering me.