Advent Devotion #5 - "Are You Paying Attention?" by Dixon Martin

"Go out and stand before me on the mountain,” the Lord told him. 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 after the fire there was the sound of a gentle whisper."

1 Kings 19:11-12 (NLT)

How does God speak to you? Is it in the flash of lightening? The rumble of thunder? Howling wind? The reverberation of an earthquake? Or is it the gentle whisper of a loving parent? Are you listening?

God used a windstorm, an earthquake, a fire and a whisper to teach Elijah that sometimes the voice of God is found in quietness.

It is easy for us to let the frenetic pace of the holiday season drown out the voice of God. We are continually bombarded with loud messages: Buying this will mean a wonderful Christmas! Eating this will invoke the joy of Christmases past! Drinking this strengthens friendships! Doing this will bring back all of the delight of childhood Christmases! In order to celebrate Jesus and show your love, you must be merry! You must decorate more, buy better, and give more! There is so much pressure.

Take some time to listen to God’s whispers this holiday season. Get away from the hustle, bustle, noise and lights. Breathe deeply. Think about what is really important.

God, help us to not get too caught up in the noise and excitement of the Christmas season. Remind us to stop, look and listen for your still, small voice. Amen.