What a picture. Quiet love. Safe. Secure. Established. Unmoving and withstanding. This may be my personality or culture, but I love an event and a spectacle. I love loud laughs, unencumbered gestures of affection, and even brash conversation. It feels real and passionate (cue every Rom-Com film reel). But this hyphenated Scripture points out the steadiness of a solid, comforting, and all-encompassing type of love. One that restores and lasts. I could use more of that!
Another picture comes to mind of God’s dealings with Elijah. Read 1Kings 19 for the full context. Here’s an excerpt:
“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.” 1 Kings 19:11-12
A gentle whisper. When my kiddos are out of line and acting out I tend to pull them close, up on my lap, and I will whisper. Softly, rhythmically, and quietly until they calm down enough to hear. It’s easy to visualize a parent tending to her babies, but we are also called children of God. He desires to meet with us, to envelop us in His love, and to calm our fears. “For nothing is impossible with God.” Won’t you allow Him to quiet you, to still your insides, and free you from worry, any traces of anxiety, and all those jumbled busy feelings. He is able. He is willing. And His grace and love are boundless.