Gentle Whispers and Rocket Science [DO]

155598_10150356164660057_572640_nDebs Sudworth
Stay at home mom

As I think about Listen, Wait, Do, the key is to be at a place with God where you believe that He is active and speaking in your life. This means that we live with an expectation for Him to lead – not necessarily in a “write it on the wall” type of way, but in the whisper. 1 Kings 19:11-12 tells us how God was not in the powerful wind, or the earthquake or the fire. He was in the gentle whisper.

[11] And he said, “Go out and stand on the mount before the Lord.” And behold, the Lord passed by, and a great and strong wind tore the mountains and broke in pieces the rocks 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. [12] And after the earthquake a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire. And after the fire the sound of a low whisper. (1 Kings 19:11-12 ESV)

So often we expect God to show us in these types of demonstrations what He wants us to do. However, God has already told us what to do. He wants us to love Him, to experience what it means to know His love for us and others, and then to go out and love others. Knowing how we love others and when we love others comes from hearing His Gentle whispers. It is not rocket science – when you see a need, when you see a hurt, find a way that you can meet that need – it will look different for everyone. The point is that you are putting yourself out there and saying: “God show me how I can show your love to this person”. Sometimes it might be a hug, or a bunch of flowers, or just listening to their stories. If our hearts do not expect God to move, we will not be listening out for Him. If we know He loves us, and we know He wants us to love others, we will be listening out for Him.