I left for work a little bit early yesterday. Well, earlier than normal. Early enough that it was still dark outside when I backed my vehicle out of its parking space in the driveway and begin to proceed up the street. I start to fall into my normal preparations, forgetting to remember that because the TIME was different, the situations and circumstances that I was used to might also be different. **MESSAGE**
As I approach the front of my neighborhood I looked out to see the school bus a-ways-off picking up the elementary school kids. They were all smiling, and ‘bopping’, and charged up, and happy to be headed to school. As all the kids got onto the bus and the bus driver closes his doors and puts down his stop sign I begin to make my right-hand turn to exit the neighborhood. Then something said, “Stop… don’t move… be still!”
It was not some hyper religious loud thunderous sound. It was not backed up by a mighty rushing wind or angelic chorus. There was no music playing, no Hammond B3 organ that I could hear, just a very small, very quiet voice on the inside of me.
As I began to incline my ear to that voice, a single small little girl, no more than 7 years old, darts past the right side of my truck at lightening speed… She runs across the intersection and in front of the bus that was beginning to take off by now to make it in just enough time to get the drivers attention and be let on the bus. No parent in sight… Just this girl running with all her might to catch the bus and probably spare herself some ‘trouble’ and embarrassment.
As I pulled away slowly and carefully (watching for more children) into the intersection and down the street, I thought about the little girl mostly but, then I was reminded of THE VOICE. What would have happened if I ignored it or didn’t recognize it. What if I wasn’t sensitive to it?
How many of you on a daily basis hear THE VOICE! How do you react to it??? For most of us when think of God speaking we relate it to some grandiose sound reserved for the piety and prophets. But, on the contrary. The greatest prophet (Elijah) says it this way… (1 Kings 19:11-12 msg)
A hurricane wind ripped through the mountains and shattered the rocks before God, but God wasn’t to be found in the wind; after the wind an earthquake, but God wasn’t in the earthquake; and after the earthquake fire, but God wasn’t in the fire; and after the fire a gentle and quiet whisper. (A still small voice…)
What has God whispered to you today? Is he asking you to “be still”? To take another step? To TURN?
Can you hear him? He is whispering your name… LISTEN….