Why Are You Here? #adventbookclub – Day 13

and he spent the night there in a cave.

The Lord Appears to Elijah

While Elijah was on Mount Sinai, the Lord asked, “Elijah, why are you here?”

10 He answered, “Lord God All-Powerful, I’ve always done my best to obey you. But your people have broken their solemn promise to you. They have torn down your altars and killed all your prophets, except me. And now they are even trying to kill me!”

11 “Go out and stand on the mountain,” the Lord replied. “I want you to see me when I pass by.”

By Ludovic Bertron from New York City, Usa

All at once, a strong wind shook the mountain and shattered the rocks. But the Lord was not in the wind. Next, there was an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake.

12 Then there was a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire.

Finally, there was a gentle breeze,13 and when Elijah heard it, he covered his face with his coat. He went out and stood at the entrance to the cave.

The Lord asked, “Elijah, why are you here?”

14 Elijah answered, “Lord God All-Powerful, I’ve always done my best to obey you. But your people have broken their solemn promise to you. They have torn down your altars and killed all your prophets, except me. And now they are even trying to kill me!”

15 The Lord said:

Elijah, you can go back to the desert near Damascus. And when you get there, appoint Hazael to be king of Syria. 16 Then appoint Jehu son of Nimshi to be king of Israel, and Elisha son of Shaphat to take your place as my prophet.

17 Hazael will start killing the people who worship Baal. Jehu will kill those who escape from Hazael, and Elisha will kill those who escape from Jehu.

18 But seven thousand Israelites have refused to worship Baal, and they will live.

Why are you here?
What are you looking for?

Do you think I am in the wind?
Rushing,
bending,
uprooting,
blowing things where they don’t want to go?

Do you think I am in the earthquake,
shaking,
breaking,
tearing apart?

Do you think I am in the fire?
Destroying,
charring,
burning?

I am in none of these.
Not for you today.

I am in the gentle breeze,
the soft whisper,
the quiet voice.

Why are you here?
What are you running from?
What do you want to see?

If you’re looking for me,
don’t miss me.
Don’t look for me
only in the spectacular,
the noisy,
the forceful.
My power is just as much
in the stillness,
the quiet voice,
the gentle whisper.

Don’t run away.
Don’t be afraid.
I haven’t abandoned you.
I haven’t finished yet.

Peace Be Still

This year, several of us are reading Beginnings and Endings by Maggi Dawn and joining together to comment on it.  Do join us at the Adventbookclub Facebook page, follow #adventbookclub on Twitter or comment below.  If you are also reading and blogging on this book, let me know and I will link to your blog.

 

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