Then he [Elijah] was told, “Go, stand on the mountain at attention before God. God will pass by.” 1 Kings 19:11
Elijah ran away from the threat of being killed and hid in a cave. God told Elijah to come out and he’d pass by. Elijah watched, but all he saw was strong winds, an earthquake, and fire. Then, Elijah found God in the silence around him.
My two grandsons are visiting for a couple of weeks. I awaken to the sounds of electronics games, brotherly bantering, and the result of grandpa tickling or teasing his four and five year old grandsons.
When the children return to New Jersey, the silence will be deafening to my heart. But, that’s when I’ll resume my mornings on the patio with the sound of birds singing their morning song. I’ll spend time watching the antics of birds and bunnies, neighbor’s dogs out for a morning stretch, and spread my books and devotional material out around my cup of tea and spend time with God.
After a half hour or so, I’ll add to the silence the soft clicking sound of the keyboard connected to my iPad by Bluetooth and compose my daily meditation moment to honor the presence of God.
Thank you, Lord, for giving us many sounds to enjoy and the sound of silence to calm our soul. Amen.