Green Lent - Day 27 Hearing God's Message
Day 27 Hearing God's Message
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 still small voice. 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?" He replied, "I have been very zealous for the LORD God Almighty. The Israelites have rejected your covenant, torn down your altars, and put your prophets to death with the sword. I am the only one left, and now they are trying to kill me too." The LORD said to him, "Go back the way you came, and go to the Desert of Damascus. When you get there, anoint Hazael king over Aram" 1 Kings 19,11-15
When life happens, it changes how we react to God. When there are dire days, we blame God for making a world in which bad things happen to good people. Or maybe, even more simply, the car doesn‟t start, the washing machine floods and the milk is off. When there are good days, how many of us praise God for our blessings? Or do we simply carry on with fingers crossed that our luck will hold a little while longer? When life happens, it changes how we react to God. And yet God is in all of these things, transforming the good and the bad of our lives. He is there in the little moments of calm and beauty, and in the larger moments of pain and strife. How many of us ever simply stop? Stop to see God working in our lives. Stop to hear God's still small voice in the noisy rhythms of our lives around us. Elijah experienced the earthquake, the rushing wind and the stillness. Yet we must remember that God was in all of those, He simply chose to speak in the quietness of the day. Find time today to stop in the midst of the madness of our day and seek out His still small voice.
Loving God, I pray that you be with me this day in all that I do, in all that I say and in the people that I meet. Allow me the gift of stopping to hear your voice reflected in those I seek to serve, in the situations I can do nothing to prevent from happening, and in my life that began and will end with you. In Jesus' name. AMEN
Green Lent is one of the themes for Lent 2011 at St Mary's Cathedral, Glasgow using materials kindly provided by the Diocese of Aberdeen and Orkney and used with permission of the Rt Rev Robert Gillies, Bishop of Aberdeen and Orkney. Green Lent Eucharists will take place on Tuesday evenings in Lent at 7.30 pm.
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