“The voice of the Lord shakes the desert…”
My world has been shaken this week. God spoke into my desert. Spoke into a desert time of restlessness and uncertainty. A time of feeling the need for something new and different but not really knowing what that inner gnawing was all about.
He spoke into a desert of a certain growing boredom with the same kind of work year after year. Spoke into inner stirrings for something more. Spoke into my sense of personal call to a greater convergence of who I am at this stage of my life with what my hands are to do.
His voice is shaking my familiar journey. It is exciting and it is scary.
The voice of the Lord sometimes comes as a whisper like when He called to Elijah from the cave. In this amazing encounter, God sends a powerful wind, an earthquake and a fire. But 1 Kings 19:11 & 12 tells us that the Lord was not in the wind, the earthquake or the fire. Only after those obviously powerful attention-getters is the real thing sent: a Gentle Whisper. Elijah immediately recognizes The Presence and The Voice.
I have had some amazing Gentle Whisper moments and they are truly sacred. But this week held up unexpectedly a Voice that shook my desert. The kind of Voice that “thunders over mighty waters...breaks the cedars...twists the oaks...strips the forest bare...” (Ps. 29:3,5,9)
The Voice was unmistakable. Arresting. Course setting.
My journey deepens...