Elijah was told, ‘Go out and stand on the mountain before the Lord.’ Then the Lord himself went by. There came a mighty wind, so strong it tore the mountains and shattered the rocks before the Lord. But the Lord was not in the wind. After the wind came 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 there came the sound of a gentle breeze. And when Elijah heard this, he covered his face with his cloak and went out and stood at the entrance of the cave. 1 Kings 19:11-14
This wonderful story of Elijah’s experience of God speaking, not in the earthquake, wind or fire, but in the sound of a gentle breeze, makes me think. It is true to my own experience, that God is heard most clearly in the calm after the storm. God speaks with a quiet voice.
But sometimes I wish it was different, that the Spirit would shout for all to hear. Why is God so quiet and unassuming in dealing with humanity?