Power

12 Mar

Good Morning,

Today’s reading for our focus on meditation is one of my favorites.  It is Elijah running and hiding from the king who wants to kill him.  When you are reading Elijah’s response to God, try it in a whiny voice the first time and an exhausted, small childlike voice the second.

Thursday, The comfort of meditation

I Kings 19:9-15

At that place he came to a cave, and spent the night there.

Then the word of the Lord came to him, saying, “What are you doing here, Elijah?” 10 He answered, “I have been very zealous for the Lord, the God of hosts; for the Israelites have forsaken your covenant, thrown down your altars, and killed your prophets with the sword. I alone am left, and they are seeking my life, to take it away.”

11 He said, “Go out and stand on the mountain before the Lord, for the Lord is about to pass by.” Now there was a great wind, so strong that it was splitting mountains and breaking 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; 12 and after the earthquake a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire; and after the fire a sound of sheer silence. 13 When Elijah heard it, he wrapped his face in his mantle and went out and stood at the entrance of the cave. Then there came a voice to him that said, “What are you doing here, Elijah?” 14 He answered, “I have been very zealous for the Lord, the God of hosts; for the Israelites have forsaken your covenant, thrown down your altars, and killed your prophets with the sword. I alone am left, and they are seeking my life, to take it away.” 15 Then the Lord said to him, “Go, return on your way to the wilderness of Damascus; when you arrive, you shall anoint Hazael as king over Aram.

I love this passage because a man looking for power would really want God to be in the strong wind, or earthquake or fire.  Don’t you think?  It seems our concept of power is always drawn to ways of destruction – the bigger the better.

Here, the power is in silence and a quiet voice.  Actually, this is the place where I have found real power in my life – in the stillness and quiet of God’s presence.  It is the power to face difficult circumstances, to be flexible when we do not want to change, to be kind when anger is so easily at hand – it is the power of the divine to transform our small understanding to the vastness of God’s wonder.

I pray you will find a time for quiet and stillness today.  To settle your heart and mind and listen for the voice who knows you better than anyone and loves you.

Peace

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