Friday: June 12, 2020
1 Kings 19:12 And after the earthquake a fire; but the LORD was not in the fire: and after the fire a still small voice.
Many natural disasters have interrupted the course of existence over the course of time. From typhoons earthquakes and tsunamis, right through to volcanic eruptions and drought. For a more accurate picture, these events are outright grandiose. They make a grand entry which may be felt across miles, yet, more often than not their effects are localised. But SARS-CoV-2, a ‘small microbe’ imperceptible by the naked eye all but shut down the entire world.
This contrast is evident in today’s text when Elijah goes up the mountain to meet God. Following a storm, an earthquake and a fire, neither of which had the manifest presence of God, He was present in a gentle breeze. The Almighty, was not present in the obvious ground shuttering and soul shaking events, but the calm and seemingly ignorable breeze.
By extension therefore, small things that have the tendency to be written off or ignored, can often hold answers that can can prop us right up to the top or knock us right off our perch. As a principle in life or a lesson to journey with, we ought to realise that not every small thing is ‘impactless’. Thus, the more we lean towards ignoring them, the more precariously close to the edge of a cliff we position ourselves.
While God had already been manifested to Israel in fire and other ground shaking events, to Elijah, He was present in the breeze. So beloved, don’t just look for the glaring and obvious lest you miss the small things that can have big impact.