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. Then a voice said to him, “What are you doing here, Elijah?” 1 Kings 19:11-13
I love that passage of scripture, because well it talks about something that I discovered a while ago. You see, I enjoy getting up early before anyone else is awake and just listen to the silence. It is in the silence that I find clarity. It is also when I silence all the chaos of life that distracts that God speaks. Sometimes we expect God to show up in our lives in all His power and glory, but we forget that He wants an intimate relationship with each and everyone one of us. Seriously if everytime your best friend showed up he acted like a party animal regardless of the circumstances you probably wouldn't be friends very long.
Yes, God is all powerful and glorious, but that is not the side He is showing those who are closest to Him. So next time you are expecting God to show up ask yourself what kind of noise is in your life that is preventing you from hearing Him. Are we filled with anxiety or frustration, or maybe we are just numb from living in the world. Take some time to calm those inner and outer voices and remember all the things God has done and He will show up.
You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. Jeremiah 29:13