I’m drawn to these images of water hitting the surface of a calm pool. I think it’s because God is showing me that His restoration and refreshing isn’t always like a waterfall, instead the work that He is doing in and through us is a steady drip in a calm pool. When we look up, many drips later, there will be more filling and renewal than we imagined was taking placed or realized was happening.
Our microwave culture is obsessed with instant gratification and quick fixes. We celebrate the most shocking, the loudest and the craziest, but when we are distracted by calamity of the day, we can miss the voice of God in the still and the small.
The Lord spoke to the prophet Elijah in a time when he was desperately seeking for answers through such a whisper:
…And behold, the Lord passed by, and a great and strong wind tore into the mountains and broke the rocks in pieces before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind; and after the wind an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake; and after the earthquake a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire; and after the fire a still small voice. 1 Kings 19:11-12 (KJV)
Now, Elijah was on a mountain that was broken in pieces. He probably lost his footing, and was tossed about by the wind. He may have been terrified by the earthquake, and no doubt his eyes were closely watching the fire. He would have been justified to be rattled and afraid. But if he continued to focus on the crazy stuff that just happened, rather than the gentle, unassuming, but powerful voice of God, he would have missed Him.
Lord, even when it seems that the world is literally falling apart around us, please help us to look for Your refreshing voice in the still and small, in the gentle drips that contain the life that is You. Amen.