It’s that time again. Time for the weekly flash mob of writers that come together to fellowship on Twitter and to write about the same one word prompt. And then come back together and read what everyone else wrote.
Today’s prompt is slow. And Go.
I am not slow. Twitter is not slow. The twitter party at #fmfparty is NOT slow. Have you ever tried to follow two parties at once? It’s a whirl wind. It’s insane.
But sometimes we need to slow down. We need to stop from the hustle and bustle and the constant stream of information. Do we really need to have all the opinions and all the statements and all the …. stuff in a scrolling newsfeed that never ends?
Sometimes we need to slow down to hear God’s voice. Sometimes we need to slow down so we can be still and actually hear what he has to say.
He says, “Be still, and know that I am God” – Psalm 46:10 (NIV)
There was a time in Elijah’s life that he was forced to stop and slow down and hear God.
Picture this. He had just had a huge fight with 850 false prophets. God had answered Elijah in a bold way by burning up a sacrifice, an alter with all the stones and the wood, lots and lots and LOTS of water, and then God let Elijah put all those prophets to death. (1 Kings 18:16-40 NIV)
Then he prayed to God to end the drought that had lasted for over two years. Not once, not twice, but EIGHT times. And then he ran. And ran. And ran. He was running for his life. He beat a chariot, but he was running. (1 Kings 18:41-46 NIV)
But God had him slow down.
The Lord said, “Go out and stand on the mountain in the presence of the Lord, for the Lord is about to pass by.” – 1 Kings 19:11 (NIV)
Elijah went out. There was a wind. There was an earthquake. And there was a fire. But Elijah had to calm down and really listen, because it wasn’t until there was a whisper that God passed by.
And after the fire came a gentle whisper. 13 When Elijah heard it, he pulled his cloak over his face and went out and stood at the mouth of the cave. – 1 Kings 19:12-13 (NIV)
God had to have Elijah slow down before he could hear Him.
I don’t know about you, but I don’t want to have God come at me with a wind, an earthquake, or a fire before I slow down enough to hear Him.
I’ve been studying a lot about prayer this year. I think if we spend time with Him in prayer on a constant basis, we will slow down, and we will hear God.
I got distracted. It’s kind of fun to have my girls watching a funny TV show, but my train of thought got sidetracked quite a lot tonight. I know that this wasn’t exactly 5 minutes, but I did my best to keep it short. Have a great night.
PS. Sorry, but I have to include a picture of my favorite slow animal.