Thanks to my seasonal allergies, I woke myself up early Sunday morning with my own not-so-gentle breathing. I peered at the clock and saw it was 7:35. Immediately my to-do list started scrolling in my head–I had contest entries to finish, the e-zine to upload, lesson plans for the week, write a packing list, ponder my next chapter, ponder my next book. By the time I sat at my computer, I was already feeling burdened. And I had been up only five minutes! Not to mention I hadn’t even made it to church yet.
Then I read my daily devotional, which talked about Elijah’s exhaustion and how the Lord sent an angel to care for him until he gathered his strength back.
As I read 1 Kings 19, verse 12 stood out to me:
After the earthquake came a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire. And after the fire came a gentle whisper.
A gentle whisper.
My days are crazy. In addition to being a writer, I’m also an early childhood educator. I run an in-home childcare program, caring for and teaching 6 Little Darlings, ages 9 months to 4. Noise, laughter, crying–those are normal sounds throughout my day, which is why I love naptime.
For 90 minutes, silence reigns in my house. Soft lullabyes play quietly in the background. I love hearing their tiny snores and seeing their beautiful faces soften with sleep’s stillness cloaking their otherwise very active bodies.
During naptime whispering is mandatory. But if I whisper during free play or music & movement, those Little Darlings will not hear me.
That’s how it happens with our daily lives. From the moment our feet hit the floor in the mornings, we’re off and running. And I admit it–sometimes I have so much on my plate that I don’t take time to do my devotions, let alone listen to that gentle whisper in my ear. And those days turn out to be chaotic.
As He reminds us in Psalms 46:10, “Be still, and know that I am God.”
If you look at that verse, you will see a comma after still.
God wants us to pause. Be still. Pause. Take a moment to stop. Take a moment to breathe. Take a moment to listen.
And know that He is God.
He is faithful. He is unchanging. He is constant. He is God.
This week I challenge you to take 15 minutes a day to sit in stillness. Curl up in your comfy chair, close your eyes, and listen to the gentle whispers God speaks into your heart.
Your Turn: Amidst the busyness of your day, how often do you pause and listen to the gentle whisper?