|Posted by Amy Spear on August 24, 2015 at 10:55 PM|
5 pages into Lysa Terkeurst’s book “The Best Yes” and I am hooked, and caught all at once. I will be honest reading is a past time I miss. So if I indulge in a book it must captivate me quickly. Well by page 5 this quote grabbed me, “We said yes to so much that we MISSED what I call our “Best Yes” assignments- simply because we didn’t heed the warning in the whispers within the subtle space.”
I am only on page 23 of the book so I cannot spoil the end. However the Holy Spirit is turning that over in my heart, “listen to the whisper.”
11 Then He said, “Go out and stand on the mountain in the Lord’s presence.”
At that moment, the Lord passed by. A great and mighty wind was tearing at the mountains and was shattering cliffs 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. 12 After the earthquake there was a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire. And after the fire there was a voice, a soft whisper. 13 When Elijah heard it, he wrapped his face in his mantle and went out and stood at the entrance of the cave.
Suddenly, a voice came to him and said, “What are you doing here, Elijah?” 1 Kings 19:11- 13 (HCSB)
The Sarah rendition might go something like this: The alarm clanked and the children fussed. Lunches packed, teeth brushed and please oh please find the keys. One boy at school the other one lonely and ready to play. A block city built and cars crashing about. Now can momma get to the” to do list” yet? A call or two or three, snack and lunch and snack again. Finally evening arrives and dinner and homework and siblings fight. The fire is raging and momma is hiding. A story, a glass of water, a second potty break, one song then two and finally, finally silence. And then in the moment of silence, a whisper. What are you doing, Sarah?
Elijah gushes out his feelings. His own words, “I alone am left.” In his activity to be “zealous for the Lord,” Elijah forgets God. My feelings in the moment of that whisper are Lord I do, do, do, but am I really doing anything?
Lysa’s has written a whole book on finding your “best yes,” making time for that desire you have, yet never get to do. It will prove to be a worthwhile read. But before I can finish her book, because let’s face it that might be forever away, I need to heed the warning of the whisper.
Can any of your days be described by stormy moments? Don’t we jump from one “crisis” to the next via jobs, family, or friend’s. And lets be honest small crisis or big we still get all worked up. The noise of our daily routine can be frantically chaotic or monotonously deafening. Either way we are tempted to lose focus.
God is at work. He has a plan for you today. Within that routine of your day whether stormy or peaceful he is whispering. Can you hear Him?
Elijah told God he felt alone. In the whisper God told Elijah to go get Elisha. God heard his honest need. He gave him a protégé. A friend, a colleague to carry the burden. He whispers so that we can advance his kingdom and mysteriously when we do that we are made complete. If we go all day without heeding the warning of the whisper. We will not want to answer when God asks, “What are you doing?”
Heed the warning, listen for His whisper. Your day will be absolutely captivating! - Sarah