August 11, 2008

Storms

Just before leaving work there was some nice rumblings of thunder. But I was not prepared to have lightning as close as it was when I was on my way to Church. As I was waiting at a red light, the lightning flashed as if it was right there and next was the boom. Talk about close, yet I wasn't afraid. That particular storm was up close and personal even the brief gust of breeze just before I entered the Church. I sat in awe of how God loves.

I didn't think too much when the days readings were read during mass, it was until later when I read it on a blog called Roman Catholic Vocations . It was the same reading as the one at mass but it struck a chord and the brief close encounter of the storm spoke loudly. I copied the reading below.

1 Kgs 19:9a, 11-13a At the mountain of God, Horeb, Elijah came to a cave where he took shelter. Then the LORD said to him,“Go outside and stand on the mountain before the LORD; the LORD will be passing by.” A strong and heavy wind was rending the mountains and crushing rocks before the LORD—but the LORD was not in the wind. After the wind there was an earthquake—but the LORD was not in the earthquake. After the earthquake there was fire—but the LORD was not in the fire. After the fire there was a tiny whispering sound. When he heard this, Elijah hid his face in his cloak and went and stood at the entrance of the cave.

It was in a sense a remarkable moment that made the Gospel more alive in my life. Many people we deal with on a daily basis often do not see the hand of God in their lives or the treasure of His presence. People take it for granted how often he speaks to us, be it by another person or through the elements of nature as it did yesterday. But the saddest thing of all is when people regard your faith in God as a unimportant. God is far more important than they will ever realize and they will not understand this until judgement comes for them.

What I do see most of all is my own personal relationship with God and how in some of the smallest to the biggest of ways how very much he is present each and every day. I would think that he wants us all to believe in his Word most of all to believe in his love.

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Pia said...

That's one of my favorite readings of all. The Lord was not in the wind... He never really is where we think He should be..He is free from our reasonings and it's a good thing, too! If we are open to Him, He'll find a way to make His presence known, if even only in the beating of a butterfly's wings...

Marie Cecile said...

So true Pia, "He never really is where we think He should be.." It's us who place limits to where he is. Thank you for your insight and understanding.

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