is it so simple?

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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. And after the wind there was an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake. After the earthquake came a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire.
And after the fire came a gentle whisper.
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

Elijah was running from chaos to the place where he knew he could be with the Lord. And even still, he was looking for God’s voice in all the wrong things. Sometimes, even when we put our bodies in the right place, we still need to quiet our hearts and minds. The Lord makes himself known in the simplest of places. He’s not desperately trying to compete for our attention. He is strong and consistent, never budging or changing. When we look to Him, He will make Himself known.

My roommate Rachel and I woke up early after the first night of what would be remembered forever in our hearts as the most wonderful camping trip with unlikely friends. It was still dark and we clumsily carried our lawn chairs away from our campsite to the open field right behind the tent in which all of our good company lay, enjoying the last few moments of peace before the new day began. Our fingers cold and toes chilly from the damp grass and the sunrise slow, so we had time to sit in silence and wait. We had time to take note of every detail–the beauty of everything: the birds having pillow talk telling the world morning was about to come. My roommate said, “Play a song so that every time I hear it I’ll think of this moment.”

Before that morning, I couldn’t tell you the last time I came to the Lord with my heart in the right place to receive his peace and presence. I always get caught up in the familiarity of tension and chaos, but I think being in God’s presence really is as simple as it was that morning. Every time I hear that song, I feel like I’ve been hit with something that pushes back as I try to plow forward through my day. It’s as if God is saying

Hush

Be still

Remember Me.

Is this it?
Is it so simple my God?
home I found I found you now!

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