Try to sit still and be absolutely quiet.

Try to sit still and be absolutely quiet.

What happens?

Usually we become aware of all the noise around us.  If we are able to mark those noises and eliminate them as distractions, we suddenly become aware of another kind of noise.

The noise in our head, in our mind.

It’s deafening.

I wonder how many distinct thoughts a person can have in thirty seconds of silence?  How many instant twists and turns are our minds able to make immediately.

Let’s admit it.  Most of the time there is just too much noise to be able to hear God.

This Sunday at the Gathering Church we will look at the example of a person who desperately needed to hear God.  But, he had the worst kind of noise going on in his head:  disappointment and fear.

The prophet, Elijah’s experience in 1 Kings 19:9-13 shows us how God can speak to us when we are overwhelmed by the circumstances of our lives.

This powerful prophet who had faced down over 400 prophets of Baal was suddenly reduced to a terrified person, hiding in a cave, wishing he were dead.

How did God come to him?

How did God respond to his total collapse of faith?

How do we find God in face of disappointment?

I hope to see you this Sunday.