Have you ever felt like Elijah? “I have had enough, Lord,” he said. I have felt like this a few times in my life. I’ve even prayed for death. But like Elijah, the Lord did not leave me, and in many ways, on many occasions, He said to me, “Get up and eat some more, or the journey ahead will be too much for you.” And the Lord fed me on many occasions, not just with bread but with His Word, for the Word of God is the bread of life. I was noticing the passage about the great storm and earthquake and fire. The Lord was not in those things. No, He was in the sound of a gentle whisper. That’s when Elijah went out and stood at the entrance of the cave. Sometimes we stand in great storms. We hide in our caves to protect ourselves, and during those times, it is only the gentle whisper of God that can encourage us to endure those storms, get up and carry on. When Elijah finally reached Elisha, he was relying on that gentle whisper to make it through another day. It’s interesting to see how Elisha received Elijah’s blessing of his cape as well. Elisha knew what being draped in that cape meant. He didn’t protest. He didn’t ask questions. Instead, he made a sacrifice of his very own oxen – the means he used to make a living – to honor the God he knew he was about to serve. Not only did he sacrifice the oxen, but he shared the meat with the people around him. And they all ate. They all ate the Word of God. This gives us great hope, and it is our duty to share with the people around us, just as Elisha did. He had much to learn, though, so he went with Elijah as his assistant. Wow. What a message.
Writing prompt: gentle whisper
Have you ever stood in a storm and heard God’s gentle whisper? How powerful that whisper can be! I was reading a funny meme the other day on Facebook about parenting. It was a “never have I ever” questionnaire where you scored a point if you’d never as a parent done the things listed. One of them was “whisper screamed,” and I had a good laugh about that. I can’t count the number of times I’ve “whisper screamed” at my children. And I think every child knows that when their parents “whisper scream” that they mean big business. I’m not sure God’s gentle whisper can be compared to a “whisper scream,” but maybe in hindsight it could. Either way, write about a time when you’ve either heard God gently whisper or “whisper scream” or you have “whisper screamed” at someone else.