Winter has arrived in South Texas, which means I can finally turn off the air conditioner. I’ve taken to the habit of playing a white noise track, to substitute for the familiar droning of the compressor battling the pesky heat and humidity. Everything is drowned out and I slip into a restful slumber each night in preparation for another day’s adventures. The other night, however, the battery on my Bluetooth speaker died and I woke up to an uncomfortable silence.
I’m reminded of the Bible story where the wise old prophet heard a word from God. To paraphrase 1 Kings chapter 19, God orchestrated a series of powerful natural occurrences but didn’t reveal himself in either the wind, the earthquake, or the fire. It was a still, small voice that spoke to Elijah. As He often does, the Holy Spirit revealed complex theological truth through the simple things in life. The Lord impressed upon me that sometimes I drown out His leadings with the white noise of my day. Between lesson plans, emails, grading papers, the daily commute, and the occasional sitcom, I often forget to dedicate adequate time to clear the clutter and meditate on what God has to say through the Word and through prayer.
In the wake of The World Missions Summit 4, some of us might assume that God only moves through mighty gatherings, thousands strong with engaging speakers and incredible worship sessions. Unfortunately, these types of gatherings are fewer and farther between for alumni obligated with jobs, children, and the white noise of life. I encourage you to set aside some time this month to peacefully and prayerfully meditate on God’s direction for the new year. We don’t always need a rushing wind, or an earth-shaking conference, or even a fiery sermon to receive a Word from God. Sometimes He speaks to us in the still, small voice found in a morning devotional; sometimes in the silence of a Scripture passage; sometimes in the simple yearnings of a classic hymn. Back to Elijah; he wrapped his face with his mantle and approached the opening of the cave, where God asked, “What are you doing here, Elijah?” They communed, and the Lord gave him clear direction, as He promises to do for us as well. Rest up, friends, and prepare for this year’s adventures!
Isaiah 43:19- Behold, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs forth; do you not perceive and know it and will you not give heed to it? I will even make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert (AMP).