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God Speaks in Ordinary Spaces

This week we asked the question: Why do I never hear from God?
If you missed the sermon, you can watch it back here.

In 1 Kings 19, Elijah was waiting at the opening of a cave to hear from God when a violent wind storm passed through and tore the rocks loose, but God was not in the wind. Then came an earthquake followed by a fire, but God was in neither of them. Then there was the sound of a gentle whisper, and that's when God spoke to Elijah. We often look and listen for God in the big and flashy parts of our lives, and certainly He is present in those moments. But God often speaks most in the silent moments and ordinary spaces of life. I have a tattoo on my left arm that represents this. It's a geometrical band of mountains and valleys with a space that flows in between. The idea is that the mountains and valleys of our lives, the high points and low points - the wind, earthquakes, and fires - that's where we often look and listen for God. We start a new job, bring a child into the world, lose a job, or grieve a loved one; and it's in those moments of fierce pain or exuberant joy that we often listen for God's voice. But it's actually that space in between that represents the other 99% of our lives where we hear the sound of the gentle whisper of God's voice. When you're sitting at a traffic light on a foggy Tuesday morning commute, God is present and speaking; are you listening? When you're cooking dinner in the kitchen on a Thursday evening, God is present and speaking; are you listening? When you're relaxed on the couch in front of the television on a lazy Saturday afternoon, God is present and speaking; are you listening? It's in the ordinary, everyday moments of life that we will hear God's gentle whisper. The question is, are we really listening?

Help me to hear Your gentle whisper in the beautiful, ordinary moments of today.