We all have those seasons, you know the stormy ones? The ones where you wonder what is happening? How do I move on from here? God, what exactly are you doing?
Last Sunday we were traveling home via airplane from our awesome family vacation. We boarded the plane got settled in our seats and ready for take off. I half listened to the safety video because I was hoping I wouldn’t need to know any of that! 😳 About 2 minutes after we took off we hit some of the worst turbulence I have ever experienced! Micah and I both came out of our seats. The plane was jerking from side to side. Dannie Rae was violently screaming and shaking. I was trying to calm her down and let her know that everything was ok and that we were just hitting bumps in the clouds. I reassured her that everything would be fine once we were above the storm! She didn’t really believe me!
Eventually we were above the storm and there was nothing but blue sky! As I was sitting there thinking about what had just happened I thought about life and how so often it is like that scary, bumpy plane ride. Scary, frustrating, hard to swallow, did I mention scary? And then……the calm of the blue sky!
This morning I was reading in 1 Kings about a fella named Elijah. He was experiencing a difficult storm in life. He ended up running away and hiding out for a while. How often do we wish we could just run away? Anyway, he is tired, scared, alone, frustrated and hungry. I imagine the theme music for this scene would have been, “All by myself.” Then he hears the voice. The voice that changes everything. The voice that brings reason, guidance and comfort in the midst of the crap storm.
1 Kings 19:11-12 says, “Go out and stand before me on the mountain, the Lord told him. And as Elijah stood there, the Lord passed by and a mighty windstorm hit the mountain. It was such a terrible blast that the rocks were torn loose, 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 a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire. And after the fire there was a gentle whisper.”
Notice first that the Lord called him out. “Go out and stand before me.” We think we can hide but we can’t! He wants us out in front of him. Revealing all the junk, fully exposed! Then he took Elijah through some things. Scary, stormy, earth shaking things. Then, the gentle whisper! Ahhhh the calm after the storm. The blue sky after the bumpy clouds. The instruction and guidance for the next leg of the race.
Today if you find yourself coasting the blue skies with no scary bumps, be thankful. Seek him strongly during this time because there will be a storm approaching at some point. This is the time to prepare for the rough stuff. Build your faith and your relationship with Jesus! If you are in one of those rocky, earth shattering, stormy seasons, reveal yourself to Him. Hold on to your faith. The gentle whisper and peaceful calm will come!
Love you guys! Hang on, it’s a bumpy ride to the deep end of the faith pool!