Funny how life works, eh? I had the idea for this post when everything was seemingly fine in my life. You know what I mean? Life seemed good. Got my new car, and repaired my new car after a part went bad.
Then I received some news about a loved one that made my world crash in around me. Sometimes the hardest part about receiving news like that is putting on a face that everything is okay.
I read Isaiah, and you wouldn’t really think I’d find comfort in these verses, but I do.
“When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through fire you shall not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you.”
Isaiah 43:2 ESV
The verse before this one God says “you are mine”. God, the creator of the universe calls me His daughter. He stops the waters from drowning me, and keeps the fire from burning me. Doesn’t mean the waters won’t come, and the fire won’t rage. It actually means the opposite.
The fires will come, and the waters will rise, but they won’t harm us or overtake us.
“And he said, “Go out and stand on the mount before the Lord.” And behold, the Lord passed by, and a great and strong wind tore the mountains and broke in pieces the rocks before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind. And after the wind an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake. And after the earthquake a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire. And after the fire the sound of a low whisper. And when Elijah heard it, he wrapped his face in his cloak and went out and stood at the entrance of the cave. And behold, there came a voice to him and said, “What are you doing here, Elijah?””
1 Kings 19:11-13 ESV
Elijah had this incredible experience with God. In this passage there’s strong winds, then an earthquake, and if that’s not enough there’s a fire after that! But God wasn’t speaking through any of those things. He was speaking in the calm after the wind, earthquake, and fire. Sometimes we may have strong winds, earthquakes, and fires in our lives that we don’t understand until we hear that whisper.
The gentle whisper comes after the storm. God will help us understand in His time. We may not be weary running from a queen that wants us dead, like Elijah, but God still speaks to us in our difficult times.
Head up, because God is in control.
God bless. 🙂