Recently in my Bible reading, I was led to 1 Kings 19:1-13. I encourage you to read this passage as it talks about how Elijah, while fleeing for his life from Jezebel, went into the wilderness and sat under a tree and prayed that he might die. As he laid there and slept, God’s messenger appeared to him and told him to rise and eat. And there, by his head, was a cake baked on coals and a jug of water. He ate and drank and turned to lie down when the messenger told him again to “rise and eat for the journey is too much for you”. He rose, ate and went out for 40 days (who else traversed the wilderness for 40 days?) as far as Horeb, the mountain of God. He then saw a cave and went into it to spend the night. While there, the word of Adonai came to him asking “what are you doing here, Elijah?” In vs. 10 Elijah responds ending by saying he is alone and those who seek his life will take it (do we ever feel this alone- like we are the last believer on planet earth?). Adonai told Elijah to go to the mouth of the cave, standing on the mountain of God. As he stood there, Adonai passed by and a great and mighty wind tearing the mountain and breaking the rocks in pieces passed by. But Adonai was not in the wind. After the wind, an earthquake, but Adonai was not in the earthquake. And after the earthquake, fire. But Adonai was not in the fire. And after the fire, A STILL SMALL VOICE. 

 

The lesson for me, as I read this, was to be reminded that as I look out at the world around me, there will be many tumultuous distractions (wind, earthquakes, fire, COVID, vaccines) but that I am to recognize that HE is not in these distractions. I am to wait for His still small voice. 

 

What about you? Do you get “sidetracked” by the distractions? I encourage you to WAIT for that STILL SMALL VOICE.

 

Julia Johnson

Executive Secretary of BYNA

 

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