The Force of a Gentle Whisper.

And after the fire came a gentle whisper.

I Kings 19:12b

Pretty much any information I need or want is not only accessible with the touch of my cell, it’s excessive. 

Google, the search engine giant that holds first place ranking among all others, is used as a noun and a verb.

“Just google it.”

Notifications ping all day long to alert me to a new post, another email, a text. Putting my cell on silent only causes me to check the screen with greater frequency to see if I’ve missed something.

In an effort to give my brain a little bit of breathing room, I’ve learned to prayerfully sift through and disregard unnecessary info.

Because it all sounds so LOUD

Living in a world that shouts to be heard, it would seem that LOUD is essential.

~Learn this essential technology skill… (!)

~Here’s the latest on the political scandal… (!)

~Word of another cancer diagnosis… (!)

~A(nother) red-lettered ‘past-due’ bill delivered with staunch warning… (!) 

And vital information wasn’t meant to be communicated, well, quietly.

Was it??

Having become so wired to tune into the LOUD, I might not even hear it.

Would a hushed message hold enough importance for me to care?

In this technologically advanced world, how old-school is a gently whispered word?

I’m a busy girl, you know. Takes a lot to grab my attention.

Yes, I know.

Um, God?

The gentle and ever-so-effective whisper of the Holy Spirit often stops me in my self-determined course, causes me to tune in and consider if I’m going in the right direction.

God’s gentle whispers enable me to hear His message above the LOUD of the world.

The LOUD of the enemy.

The LOUD of the urgent and dreadful.

The LOUD of worry.

Not to say God can’t – and doesn’t – communicate with impressive effectiveness, calling forth hurricane force winds, earthquakes, raging fires, and such, but He’s not dependent on LOUD to speak with great force like some booming politician, vying for a slot in the presidential race.

The force of God’s gentle whisper is more than adequate.

Makes sense, given gentleness is a fruit of the Holy Spirit. 

When Elijah heard it (gentle whisper) he pulled his cloak over his face

and went out and stood at the mouth of the cave.

I Kings 19:13.

It was the force of quiet that nudged Elijah out of hiding, not the fierce wind, earthquake, or fire. (vs 11-12)

Turns out gentleness makes for effective leadership and Christ-centered parenting. To date, none of my children have truly heard my lofty wisdom when my tone intensifies. Instead, what they’ve heard is LOUD. Then… LOUDER. Heck, even the use of a period at the end of my text message – merely to indicate the sentence is complete – can communicate ire… 

Why are you angry?

Who knew proper punctuation suggested heated emotion? 

So it’s the spirit of gentleness that draws a person in, the force of God’s gentle whisper that inclines my heart to His wisdom.

How have you allowed yourself to tune in only to the LOUD and URGENT?

In what ways can you apply the force of a hushed whisper to convey the message of your heart?

10 Comments

  1. Maybe I need to practice my whispers…and my listening to whispers. I wonder what God has told me today that I didn’t hear because my spiritual ears are tuned to loudness.

    • Mary Felkins says:

      That could be a book— “Listening To Whispers” by Carole Sparks 😄 Thanks for sharing your thoughts of what you might have missed listening to LOUD.

  2. Wilburn F Albers says:

    Comprehending the Lord’s message over the din of 2 young children under the age of 4 playing tag indoors is sometimes challenging. Dad

    • Mary Felkins says:

      Lol! No doubt that’s challenging. Not easy to turn off the din of small children when one desires quiet.

  3. Wilburn F Albers says:

    Your grasp of Scripture is outstanding. Love, Dad

    • Mary Felkins says:

      You living example of Scripture is pretty outstanding, too, Dad. I’m still taking copious notes on how you live your life.

  4. Great post Mary and definitely something to stay aware of.
    Thanks for the reminder
    Good luck and God’s blessings
    PamT

  5. Margaret Eomurian says:

    While in Starbucks recently, sipping on a grande Pike, I was barely able to concentrate with the noise of customers talking and laughing around me. And then, I saw to my left a table with five men, Bibles open before them, heads bowed and whispering prayers. Despite the din of the crowd, they found a way to focus and make their praises and requests known to God, Who is able to stoop down from His throne and listen in to the quietest of voices of His faithful ones as they pray. I suddenly found myself bowing as well and whispering to my Father.

    • Mary Felkins says:

      Awesome example! We do crave quiet. I wonder who saw YOU whispering in silent prayer to speak to God and did the same? Thanks for sharing.

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