Have you ever stood on a mountain, or high place, and tried to speak words for another to hear? Sometimes the words do not carry very well which makes your intended message hard to convey. Most of the time even the volume in which you project your words will not help another understand your message below.
What about when you’ve found yourself in close quarters with another? Small, intimate spaces provide a better opportunity to be understood with little effort. You can whisper and they will hear you perfectly.
We find a story in I Kings 19 about the prophet Elijah. Jezebel has just threatened his life and he has fled into the wilderness. Everyone around him seemed to be deserting God and bowing to Baal. It’s safe to say he’s not having a “mountaintop experience” at this point. He’s feeling deserted, alone and desperate in verse 10.
9 “And there he (Elijah) went into a cave, and spent the night in that place; and behold, the word of the LORD came to him, and He said to him, “What are you doing here, Elijah?”
10 So he said, “I have been very zealous for the LORD God of hosts; for the children of Israel have forsaken Your covenant, torn down Your altars, and killed Your prophets with the sword. I alone am left; and they seek to take my life.”
11 Then He said, “Go out, and stand on the mountain before the LORD.” And behold, the LORD passed by, and a great and strong wind tore into the mountains and broke the rocks in pieces before the LORD, but the LORD was not in the wind; and after the wind an earthquake, but the LORD was not in the earthquake;
12 and after the earthquake a fire, but the LORD was not in the fire; and after the fire a still small voice.”
Elijah just thought he was alone. God strategically placed him in a position to receive a message. God showed Elijah that it was not the strong wind, the earthquake or the fire that mattered in his life. It was that still small voice that Elijah was able to hear because he was in an intimate place for listening.
Your world may be shaking, shattered or on fire right now. But, there is a voice bigger than all of it that is capable of speaking peace in the midst of your trouble. Sometimes God has to bring us off our high place because His voice is getting lost in the wind. When He snuggles us up close in His arms, He can whisper and we hear Him perfectly. Don’t doubt the small spaces of life.