Often when you go on a mission’s trip there is great pressure to have this massive earth shattering encounter with God. This pressure can come from other people, but often we place this on ourselves. I mean, “Why would you spend all this money and go so far other than to encounter God?” Of course, God can reveal himself in BIG ways, he CAN shout and get our attention. Actually, he is God and he can reveal himself as he chooses. However, in my experience, it is often through the whispers, the quiet and the small things that we hear God. I love what happens to Elijah in 1 Kings 19…he encounters God, but it’s not how we would expect.
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. 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.
I find it significant that God was not in the wind, or the earthquake or the fire, but it was in the gentle whisper that Elijah heard and encountered God. Here’s why I tell you this. Did most of us have this massive life changing encounter with God while we were in Haiti? No. Did we hear from God through the stillness, the small things and the whispers? Yes!
One of the ways that impacted me was by pumping water at a well for a young lady and then carrying her buckets to her home. Just a small act of kindness and service, and yet, it was through this that I sensed God’s presence…his whisper.
As a team we look forward to sharing much more with you on May 17 at Surrey Alliance. Plan on joining us.
Tomorrow we leave at 5:00 A.M. Please pray for safety and that our flights are on time.
God bless each one of you.