Saturday, May 13, 2017

Still Soft Voice

Daily Gratitude Year 5- Day 133: Today, I am grateful the still soft voice that leads.

"When every single natural indications was screaming "No!", the spirit was breathing "Go."-Kristie Wall. 

This image is from Propel Women. 

Strong mountain ripping winds, the earthquake or the fire. He found him speaking in the 

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. -1 Kings 19:11-12

The low whisper... a still, soft voice... that is where God's voice was found. Perhaps that is why many of us loved the God billboards. Big, black backgrounds with messages in white lettering. It was kind of like a whisper. Simple, bold, said and done.

In the scripture passage above, Elijah is hiding from Jezebel who is pretty ticked off at him. Ahab... the tattletale... told her about Elijah calling upon God and defeating 450 prophets of Baal. She had chosen Baal over God. One Prophet of the Lord Jehovah versus 450 men who worshiped a cow statue. Read 1 Kings 18 for the "battle". Let's just say, God showed up big time and that cow statue did not even "moo". 

Queen Jezebel was embarrassed and angry. She was after Elijah's head. That is why he took refuge hiding in a mountain cave. It is there we find the account of God showing up in the whisper. 

He still speaks today. I have heard him. As we work to bring our hearts into sync with him, He gives us new eyes. I don't always get it right. We are all a work in progress. Still, the more we listen, the more we recognize. 

At school, there is a locked door with a buzzer, camera and an intercom for visitors to identify themselves before entry. The camera is average at best. Children sit waiting for parents and grandparents to pick them up for appointments and when ill. Frequently, at the sound of the voice on the intercom, a child will say, "That's my Mom" or "That's my Grandpa, I know the voice." They know the voice of the one who loves, cares for, protects and rescues them. 

Do we know our the voice of God when we hear it? When the Holy Spirit directs our path, do we let him lead? 

Sometimes, He calls us to big things. But, often, it is a whisper to stop and visit a shut in, to take a meal to a tired mom, to clean out the closet and gift clothing to a family that is financially struggling but the kids are still growing. It is the Kroger gift card dropped in the mail anonymously. Where he leads, isn't always painful, scary or crazy. But, practice refines our listening skills, so we will know when we get a big call. 

To him the gatekeeper opens. The sheep hear his voice, and he calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. -John 10:3

Once we fine tune our listing, we recognize his voice. We hear the directions. We resist, but he persists with the urging on our hearts that long to follow and be with him. 

Who is our Lord? Where do we put our trust?
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I find it interesting that Baal was a cow statue that so many trusted. It find it amusing. Then, it dawned on me that on Wall Street in New York, there is another bull statue that represents something we put our trust in... the bull market of rising prices.

"In God we trust"... a part of our USA currency in the past... part of the present... and the future remains to be seen. Before we remove that statement from our coins, we might want to consider how it worked out for the cow worshipping prophets of Baal. 

Where do we put our trust? What shepherd's voice to we train ourselves to hear?

Today, I am grateful the still soft voice that leads.

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