My wife Mary Ann and I were considering going to a mega church this last Sunday just to see what it was like but we passed on it and ended up going to our usual small church. One of the readings was from 1 Kings 19:10-13.
The LORD Appears to Elijah
And the word of the LORD came to him: “What are you doing here, Elijah?”
10 He replied, “I have been very zealous for the LORD God Almighty. The Israelites have rejected your covenant, torn down your altars, and put your prophets to death with the sword. I am the only one left, and now they are trying to kill me too.”
11 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.
Later that day, when watching DWB, we saw Eric’s entry about his reading the spiritual classic, The Cloud of Unknowning written by a 14th century monk. I read that book years ago and it is one of my favorites.
So, it occurred to me that the Lord is not always found in grandiose things such as earthquakes, fire, storms or maybe even a mega church but rather in a simple book written by a simple monk or possibly just a moment in the day when we hear a “whisper”.
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