“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. And after the earthquake there was a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire. And after the fire there was the sound of a gentle whisper. When Elijah heard it, he wrapped his face in his cloak and went out and stood at the entrance of the cave.” – 1 King 19:11-12
I hate chaos… I need quiet to work. But God doesn’t need quiet to work on me. Though God came to Elijah through a still small voice, it came in the midst of the storm… Storms are chaos. Do you have any storms in your life right now?
Life is chaos, at least life in the 21st century. Just 100 years ago life was so much different, but now, we are in a constant state of having to do this, check that, go there, pick that up, study for this, call that person… Chaos. And in chaos comes drama; and drama is what weighs our hearts down. But in even in chaos, God speaks. God speaks into our busy lives, revealing Himself to us in new and interesting ways all the time. But are you aware this is going on? Elijah, though in the midst of a storm, knew that God was looking for Him. You know that God is looking for you, are you looking for Him?
The Christian life is anything but quiet… If you are not living in a healthy state of chaos (apart from taking a sabbath), you aren’t really living a life that Jesus calls us too. Ministry in all of its forms is life in the midst of a storm.
May you hear God in the midst of your chaos… May you see Him in the midst of all of your storms.