watch and listen

watching004Sneaking in bits of stillness time in this hammock chair. It feels like sitting in Papa’s lap with the gentle sway of a porch swing…relaxing and soothing.

I watch and listen…

Sitting back – eyes closed, the familiar whirling sound alerts to a presence. The hummingbird seeks the nectar of the trumpet vine above. It rests on the wires then dives through the air in search of sweetness.

I watch and listen…

Nature shares such beautiful songs and stories.

Our Creator God longs for us to watch and listen…

The Lord said, “Go out and stand on the mountain in the presence of the Lord, for the Lord is about to pass by.”

Then a great and powerful wind tore the mountains apart and shattered the 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 came a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire. And after the fire came a gentle whisper. When Elijah heard it, he pulled his cloak over his face and went out and stood at the mouth of the cave. 1 Kings 19:11-13

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9 thoughts on “watch and listen

  1. I just now finished reading this passage! One of the suggested translations for “still small voice” is “thin silence.” Then the Lord asks Elijah the same question he did before the big shock and awe show, “Elijah, what are you doing here?”
    Do you have any insight? This has been puzzling me. Why did he go to Horeb so far away? Was it because that’s where people saw the dramatic display of God in Moses’ time? What was he looking for?

    • You ask great questions…I dug back to ch 18 and yes, the great success…why would he have such a reaction to Jezebel? Bible study notes say he feared his life from her “curse”, also that he concluded his work was fruitless and life not worth living. Reading verses…He says multiple times that he is the only prophet left. Possibly alone, dejected and looking for a safe refuge. Horeb called the Mountain of God. I thought the 40 days & nights of his travel to Horeb also a good question point but study notes say Horeb is Mount Sinai – Moses was there 40 days. Elijah did not go there at God’s leading but his own. Thanks for bringing this points up. Please let me know if you see/discover something more. Peace to you

  2. Hubby and I were discussing this, this morning. Good point. Elijah went on his own initiative. What was he looking for?
    Before the great success on Mt. Carmel (where I actually stood only 3 months ago -fantastic views) he met Ahab’s servant Obadiah who told him he had already taken great risks by hiding a hundred prophets in caves and personally feeding them. (That conversation in ch. 18 is hilarious “Great. As soon as I tell Ahab where you are the Spirit of the Lord will carry you who-knows-where, and the King will be so ticked he’ll want my hide…” He sounds like someone who has been trying to organize prophets all right. I’m told it’s like herding cats -cats who are all in different time zones mentally.) To me it sounds like Elijah was massively depressed, exhausted and maybe had some PTSD from smiting all those prophets of Baal. He doubted, like John the Baptist doubted in prison even after he saw demonstrations of God’s power (hmmm -and J the B came in the spirit of Elijah, didn’t he? Was he also afraid of the king’s wife?) It’s interesting that after answering God the second time he asked Elijah came back with the very same whiny answer which even the reader knows is not true. Hmm, and then God told him to go anoint his replacement….I wonder if He sighed. Yet God still loved him enough to take him up in a tornado. Just thinking out loud. I think there is a lot more to this than I understand right now.

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