“and after the earthquake a fire, but the LORD was not in the fire; and after the fire, a still small voice” (1 Kings chapter 19, verse 12).
This past week has been hard. Really hard. Getting up out of bed each day and heading to work has been difficult. It’s been a week where I have struggled with resting in the present of Jesus’ presence, and not getting overly worked up about my future dreams and, seemingly incongruent current reality.
Fires and earthquakes seemed to be appearing everywhere and the precious sound of my Lord’s whisper was difficult to locate. Do you see me here, God? Powering and plodding through on a hope and a prayer…
He did. Whilst meditating on 1 Kings chapter 19, verse 12, I heard Jesus say, “Strength to sustain power comes in the place of intimacy, in hearing my still small voice”. Upon hearing this I realised that the personal voice of the Lord sustains me, and keeps my heart free from discouragement, despair and fear. For all my busyness and desire for the deep and complex, the simplicity of the voice of the Lord calms my restlessness and speaks peace to all my storms (both internal and external).
This past week I felt a lot like Elijah. Emerging from a season of witnessing the faithfulness of God, an unexpected wave of intimidation, accusation and attack rocked my heart. Eating and sleeping became difficult, and apprehension overshadowed my interactions with others. “What if I mess up?” was the thought that kept me jittery in performing tasks that I was fully capable of undertaking. Wildly beating heart, stomach pains, dry mouth, second -guessing, I-need-to-pee-again. The week dragged on...
Breakthrough came when the Lord spoke to me during my quiet time about the fear of man. Bringing to mind the situation that was causing the anxiety, He questioned when one person’s opinion of me had become important. Answer: It wasn’t. Never was, never will be. Ha! What a relief!
Seeing the humour in my own silliness, I burst out laughing! Why would I be afraid of the opinion of a person, who was created by my God and had no authority over my destiny or my soul? The fear of man is a lie! Further, it is countered by the fear of God, and submission to the journey of intimacy with Him.
Hearing daily Jesus’ gentle whisper shatters the tumult of our circumstances and brings peace and perspective. Fear melts away in the light of His grandeur and tenderness. He is the God that is bigger than whatever giant is intimidating us, and the God that comes close to whisper the truth of His nearness.
After Elijah’s encounter with the Lord, it may have seemed as if nothing much had changed, except Elijah. Murderous Jezebel still wanted to kill him but, having met with God, Elijah was no longer afraid. Similarly, although my external circumstances appeared to be the same, after meeting with Jesus, I was not.
After the fire, the still small voice of the Lord is certain to come, let us listen for it.
Francesca is a daughter, friend, avid reader, attorney-at-law, and porridge connoisseur. She enjoys Jesus and fulfilling His purposes for her life on Earth.
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Francesca Tavares (West Indies) is a daughter, sister, friend, avid reader, attorney-at-law, and porridge connoisseur. She enjoys Jesus and fulfilling His purposes for her life on Earth.