When God Whispers

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 (NIV)

I heard that whisper one August day in 2003. I had been caring for my invalid mother for eighteen months. Back and forth I dashed, between her house and mine, trying to make them both look lived in. Today I was in my garden while mother dialyzed at a nearby kidney center. Then a quiet voice said, " I want you to sign up for the Heart for Ministry Program."

Could that be the Lord? I spent most of each day caring for my mother. I'd have to quit sleeping if I enrolled in this rigorous Bible study course that our church offered to those serious about ministry. I hurried to finish gardening and on to pick up my mother.

A few days later I heard that still small voice again with the same request. Then I heard it for the third time. It must be the Lord, I thought. I went to the pastor who oversaw the program.

"This doesn't make sense, but I think that the Lord wants me to sign up for the Heart for Ministry Program."

"Well, why don't you just sign up?" he countered.

I completed my application within five minutes of the deadline. Two days later my dear mother passed away. Hindsight showed me that this year-long, intensive immersion in God's word and the healing fellowship of classmates created a healthy atmosphere to work through grief.

Is God asking you to do something today that seems illogical? Truly He knows the best
way and will give you understanding as you obey.

Lord, sometimes we let our human reasoning cloud your guidance. Give us wisdom to know when we are letting our thoughts rule rather than yours. Amen.