Reading 1 1 Kgs 19:9a, 11-16
At the mountain of God, Horeb, Elijah came to a cave, where he took shelter. But the word of the LORD came to him, “Go outside and stand on the mountain before the LORD; the LORD will be passing by.” A strong and heavy wind was rending the mountains and crushing rocks before the LORD— but the LORD was not in the wind. After the wind there was an earthquake— but the LORD was not in the earthquake. After the earthquake there was fire— but the LORD was not in the fire. After the fire there was a tiny whispering sound. When he heard this, Elijah hid his face in his cloak and went and stood at the entrance of the cave. A voice said to him, “Elijah, why are you here?” He replied, “I have been most zealous for the LORD, the God of hosts. But the children of Israel have forsaken your covenant, torn down your altars, and put your prophets to the sword. I alone am left, and they seek to take my life.” The LORD said to him, “Go, take the road back to the desert near Damascus. When you arrive, you shall anoint Hazael as king of Aram. Then you shall anoint Jehu, son of Nimshi, as king of Israel, and Elisha, son of Shaphat of Abel-meholah, as prophet to succeed you.”
REFLECTION: "there was a tiny whispering sound."
Every summer we would take a vacation, destination Pagosa Springs, Colorado, to visit the grandparents. We would take different routes so as to see different sites. We would always stop and visit my mother on the way. Then we would head on through Fort Sumner and make our way through New Mexico to Colorado. Eventually we would see the mountains and we could experience the beauty of God’s majesty.
My scenic driving and relaxation would be interrupted with trying to read a map. My job was to help my husband stay on course. Many a time we would have to stop on the side of the road because I could not tell where we were.
What was foremost on the minds of the kids, however, were the souvenir shops, miniature golf, motels with swimming pools, zoos, and more souvenir shops. A magnificent vacation was in front of them and they were interested in, yes, more souvenir shops!
Now when we sit and visit with our grown kids I see that they truly enjoyed the vacations. The purchased “real and authentic” pen by a famous person, the bow and arrow set, or the shiny sparkly stones they purchased are minor memories compared to how much they enjoyed being together.
In many ways our relationship with God is the same. Before us He sets His plans, His love, His teachings and we, many times, are busy looking for the souvenir shops and looking for the sprinkles, shininess and sparkles of life. We are looking for the “Wow” as we would say upon seeing the Grand Canyon. Yes, at times there are “Wow moments” with God. But normally God is quiet.
God is present in the quiet and the subtle. He is present in the inspirations. And as with Elijah, we just wait on the Lord and though we don’t see the success of our work for Him, we are assured by God that we will see the bounty of the Lord.
We just have to be patient, wait and be stouthearted.
God Bless You.