I had a conversation with a friend of mine today. The entire thing started with my worrying. This seems to be a pretty common topic for my friend and me. My worrying, not hers. I was stewing over a decision I had made. Had I acted on my own selfish desires or had I followed God's guidance? I always share my concerns with her because she has a way of helping me to see things more clearly.
Today, I was concerned that my decision had been made in hast and possibly may have hurt someone I care for deeply. My mind was racing with the possibilities of what could happen and how this particular someone might have taken my words or actions. Would this person I care about see my good intentions and my heart?
My friend listened to my rants and ravings for a good deal of minutes. She interjected with a quiet ... I see, how do you feel about that, have you prayed about this ... and so on. Then, after several moments of silence, she prayed for me. She claimed the scripture found in 1st Kings 19.
"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. 12 After the earthquake came a fire, but the LORD was not in the fire. And after the fire came a gentle whisper. "
I was struck silent. Which doesn't happen very often. Then, she asked me what I was listening to. Was it the whisper of the One? I had to admit that I was listening to the wind, earthquake and fire. I stopped and realized that I needed to be quiet enough to hear His whisper.
As always, I felt much better after talking with my friend.
If you've found yourself desperately seeking God's voice, I encourage you to read this passage. Then, be quiet enough to hear Him whisper.
Am I still concerned about my situation? Yes, but I've given it over to the One who whispers peace to my soul. I'm trusting him to calm the wind, earthquake and fire of my worries.
To my faithful friend ... Thank you for your obedience to God's calling on your life and thank you for always being my friend.