One of my favorite movies is Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, and at the end Ferris gives his famous quote “Life moves pretty fast, if you don’t stop look around once in a while, you could miss it.” That can seem pretty hard to do sometimes, especially when it is easy to get caught up in everything that is going on.
We are bombarded from every direction and it seems like every one is competing for our attention. We then shift our focus from what really matters to the things that we need to take care of. But in doing so we miss that still, small voice that tries to help us out.
In 1 Kings, Elijah went into the wilderness on the top of a mountain fleeing people who wanted to harm him. He was overwhelmed, not knowing what to do next.
But then something really amazing happened. God wanted the get full the attention of Elijah and speak wisdom into his heart.
A tornado ripped through the mountain, tearing part of it up, but God wasn’t in the tornado.
An earthquake violently shook the ground Elijah was walking on, but God wasn’t in the earthquake.
Then a column of fire ravaged the wilderness, but God wasn’t in the fire.
Finally a gentle wind, nothing more than just a small breeze, came and Elijah was frightened. He covered his face before he went outside because he knew that the Lord was in the wind and the Lord wanted to speak to him.
God didn’t use the tornado, earthquake, or fire to speak to Elijah, but a gentle breeze. God is soft spoken and while He can use the big things to get our attention, He prefers to speak in his still, small voice.
No matter what is going on or what commitments, people, or thing you need to tend to, sometimes we need to take a time out and focus on what really matters. A time to cut out all distractions, to stop and take a look around. To stop and listen to that still, small voice that wants to encourage us and guide us.