Thunder and whispers

It is 5 minute Friday in which I write for five short minutes, fight my urge to edit and re-write the whole thing and just post whatever I’ve got.

The word this week is Loud.

Deep calls to deep

at the roar of your waterfalls;

all your breakers and your waves

have gone over me.

(Psalm 42:7 ESV)

Moses spoke, and God answered him in thunder.

(Exodus 19:19 ESV)

I hate loud noises, especially sudden ones. I swore at the phone this evening when it rang loudly beside me, giving me a fright. I covet the peaceful quietness once everyone has gone to bed and the TV is off. To read, to think, to just be.

My aversion to loudness causes me to get stressed when multiple people talk at once. I cannot follow what is being said, get confused and flustered.

God isn’t like that. He can follow billions of conversations all at once without stress. He can cope just fine with loudness or with silence. He can communicate through a thunder storm or a torrent of water. He can make Himself known without any sound at all.

He condescends to meet me in my weakness, stopping me in my complaining to whisper, It is not about you — this life you have, all you are — it is about Me, about My Son. About Jesus.”

Stop

It is odd how thinking about loudness reminded me of what He quietly spoke years ago.

And after the earthquake a fire, but the LORD was not in the fire. And after the fire the sound of a low whisper.

And when Elijah heard it, he wrapped his face in his cloak and went out and stood at the entrance of the cave. And behold, there came a voice to him and said, What are you doing here, Elijah?”

(1 Kings 19:12–13 ESV)

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