The Lord said [to Elijah], “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. 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.

~1 Kings 19:11-13


This was God’s response when his prophet, Elijah, reached the end of his rope and was literally begging God to let him die because the burden of living had become too great.

God told Elijah that he would come to him, and he did. Not with a great show of force and fireworks. No. God chose a means that befitted the fragile psyche of the exhausted, depressed Elijah.

God was in the gentle whisper.

Sometimes, when I am feeling depressed and overwhelmed, this is exactly what I hope for. God’s gentle, comforting presence.

In your journal, write down times in the past when you have felt the presence of God in your life. In the coming week, ask God to help you to become more aware of His presence in your life. Make a note of what happens.

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