The light of a candle can brighten up a large portion of a room. It draws your eyes to it, but as for your ears it makes almost no sound at all.
We can find much comfort in the soft glow of this light. There is a peacefulness that goes with it. It captivates us and we find such beauty in its lack of volume.
We live in a world filled with noise and vocal interruptions. Bleeps, blings and rings of phones, computers and emails. We hear blaring of radios and televisions. Traffic, sirens, people shouting. It all seems to be getting louder and louder and louder.
Do we find hope in the noise?
If I yelled at you, even if I was using kind words, would it be as effective as if I was softly speaking them to you?
I woke up pondering this today.
This weekend I was blessed with a little uninterrupted cuddle time with my husband. This is time where we were just lying next to each other, chatting quietly. We were discussing all of the things we loved about each other. Sweet nothings being shared. This is a rare blessing. Most of the time if we lie down in our bed, it isn’t long before the exhaustion we feel from life over takes us so that one or both of us is fast asleep.
I was so greatly encouraged by our time together. I just wanted my heart to continue to marinate in these words of love and these whispers of hope.
I have often asked God why he can’t be more vocal for me. I have asked Him to be direct, to make it clear to me. In a lot of ways, I feel like I am asking Him to turn up the volume so He gets my attention. I think in those moments that I want God to use a thunderous voice like it appears that He did in the Bible.
As I’ve been reflecting on this, I think that would actually be quite terrifying. It’s probably one of those cases where I don’t really know the full extent of what I am asking for. I am making a guess that I’m not the only one who has hope God would be more audible. Look at this passage from the Bible.
“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. 12 After the earthquake came a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire. And after the fire came a gentle whisper. 13 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
A gentle whisper.
Wind, earthquake and fire had Elijah hiding in a cave. A gentle whisper drew Elijah out.
Do you feel like you are in a cave right now? Are you hiding from the chaos of this world? Is there a relationship that is strained and you mull over and over in your mind & heart? Do you have financial worries that are consuming your sleep and rest? Are you exhausted and spent from trying to live up to the perceived expectations of others? Are you punishing yourself brutally for the mistakes you have made in the past, wishing you could change? Has the noise of the world gotten so overwhelming that your head throbs and aches?
A gentle whisper is what we need to draw us out of our caves. Whispers of hope. Whispers of love.
Notice how God doesn’t shove Elijah right out of the cave? He draws him out. Just like our eyes are drawn from the dark to the soft glow of the candle light, our ears will be drawn to soft words of hope.
“Come near to God and He will come near to You” James 4:8
God loves you so, so much! He longs to comfort you and to pour His love upon you. God longs to offer you this perfect encouragement.
Listen to these whispers of hope today.
God loves you. He has always loved you.
There has never been a moment of this life that you have been unloved.
You are His treasured masterpiece.
God has poured His talent and energy into weaving you together in your mother’s womb.
He has walked before you each step of your life.
God knows the most intimate details of your life and still stands with open arms to embrace you.
You are a precious gift.
You were made for a purpose for such a time as this.
You are beautiful.
You are loved.
You are loved!
Thank you so very much for Your whispers of hope. May we turn our eyes and ears to You. May we hear the message and may we be captivated by Your love. In Jesus’ name, amen.