The LORD said, “Go out and stand at the mountain before the LORD. The LORD is passing by.” A very strong wind tore through the mountains and broke apart the stones before the LORD. But the LORD wasn’t in the wind. After the wind, there was an earthquake. But the LORD wasn’t in the earthquake. After the earthquake, there was a fire. But the LORD wasn’t in the fire. After the fire, there was a sound. Thin. Quiet. When Elijah heard it, he wrapped his face in his coat. He went out and stood at the cave’s entrance. A voice came to him and said, “Why are you here, Elijah?” – 1 Kings 19:11 (CEB)
I don’t think it’s a coincidence that a strong wind, earthquake, and fire appeared before Elijah. Maybe the Lord wasn’t in them but the Lord certainly sent them. Were these a test to see if Elijah listened well? Did he know the difference between the presence of God and the voice of God?
I also wonder if Elijah would have heard the voice of God in the silence without all that came before. Maybe the raging of nature matched the raging within Elijah. The wind, earthquake, and fire might have been the Spirit groaning on Elijah’s behalf. A pleading with God to speak some peace into Elijah’s troubled heart.
In the thin quiet, Elijah realized he wasn’t alone on this mountain. God listened and heard him. And knowing this, Elijah was able to listen and hear God.
In our fear and suffering, we may need to rage in our prayers. Like Captain Dan yelling at the storm in Forrest Gump, raging in our own storm may allow us to hear God’s voice where we couldn’t before. Maybe our raging is necessary so that when the quiet comes, we are able to listen.
I believe God listens when we pray. God hears with a deep love and understanding we can’t fathom. God is present in both the storm and the quiet – and may speak in both – if we are able to listen. May God grant us the courage to rage in our prayers when we cannot find the quiet any other way. May God grant us the faith to trust that God listens and hears us, even when we cannot find the words to pray. May God grant us the ability to listen well so we may find peace.
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