Thursday, March 17, 2011

His Gentle Whisper

At the last moment I picked up the little book of spiral index cards filled with memory verses and stepped outside to begin my walk. I was walking alone, so I decided to start at the very beginning and recite as many as could out loud. I think the neighbors are used to seeing me talking to myself as I walk along our little country road. They wave anyway.

There are some verses that, meaningful at the time, still hit my heart with great force. I am reminded once again of my Father's faithfulness and unfailing love - the way He never fails to meet me right where I am.

Walking down the little hill toward home I came to I Kings 19: 11,12. The words, spoken out loud, caused my heart to beat just a little faster. I felt the tears start. They came in answer to questions my heart had been asking. Questions about devastating earthquakes, tsunamis, unimaginable suffering and where are You Father in all of that?

"...and as Elijah stood there the Lord passed by, and a mighty windstorm hit the mountain. It was such a terrible blast that the rocks were torn loose, but the Lord was not in the wind. After the wind, there was an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake. And after the earthquake there was a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire. And the after the fire, there was the sound of a gentle whisper."

In my own simple way (which may certainly be lacking in sound theology) I heard the Spirit say that the Lord is there in Japan, His gentle whisper speaking, as only He can, to those who are suffering in unimaginable ways. He moves quietly, lovingly with tender mercy and grace. And gently He calls us to reach out in love that He might touch lives through us.

Linking to Emily's imperfect prose today.



  1. May you always have
    Walls for the winds,
    A roof for the rain,
    Tea beside the fire,
    Laughter to cheer you,
    Those you love near you,
    And all your heart might desire!

    Happy St. Patrick's Day, dear Linda:-)

    After such terrible tragedies it's so easy for us to question God and ask him WHY this had to happen...your post helped me be reassured that He is there with all those poor people and will help them get through this. xoxo

  2. Isn't it amazing how He brings things to us at just the right time? Such beautiful scripture.

  3. A gentle whisper indeed...this is truly inspiring Linda! :-)

  4. And may many have ears to hear His love over the roar of pain. I love it when He speaks to me through my card spiral, too.

  5. Love that Scripture. I've taught that story so many times in Sunday school over the years. Love Elijah.

  6. That is a great scripture to think of at this time. I worry about the young missionary family we know...they have a baby and the radiation thing is just so scary. God has them in his hand.

  7. Ahh... His gentle whisper. Wonderful. Thank you for sharing this Linda.

  8. and He is...and what a gentle reminder...thank you for spreading his hope...

  9. Beautiful, Linda. Thank you.

  10. you are his gentle whisper, Linda... i felt tears with this one. and such love for you, walking down that road, reciting your verses.... you are an incredible woman, one i want to be like. xo

  11. Longtime no see. I have been going over my old blog post and trying to find my blog friends when I came upon your beautiful post about Japan. Wonderful words. Such sorrow over there.

  12. Yes. He most certainly is there.

  13. I love your practical approach to memorizing scripture. It's interesting that I had been thinking that I need to get back to doing more of that. With the nicer weather, I've been trying to get out and walk everyday. I've tried to make good use of the time by praying, but I have a hard time keeping focused with visual distractions, etc. I like your idea with the memory cards. Think I'll give it a try!

  14. i Love that gentle whisper.