When the prophet Elijah decided he had enough of “zealously serving the Lord God Almighty,” he fled to the wilderness. God did not crush Elijah for running away. In fact, he fed him for the long journey ahead to Mount Horeb.
At Horeb, God called Elijah out of the cave so that he could appear before him. A mighty windstorm tore away the rocks, but God was not in the wind. A powerful earthquake shook the foundations of the mountain, but God was not in the earthquake. Fire swept up to Elijah, but God was not in the fire.
Finally, there came the sound of “a thin silence.” In this low whisper, God revealed himself to Elijah.
Many times we desire to see the power of God and miss the fact that it is often the quiet revelation that brings his presence near. We chase the latest and greatest church service, we look for God in spiritual windstorms and earthquakes, thinking we must feel “on fire” in order for God to be close. Yet, even though there is nothing wrong with mountaintop experiences, I have seen more of God, understood more about God, and walked closer with God in the valleys, mundane experiences, and quiet moments of life.
Where are you seeking God? If we seek him only in the spiritual noise, we will encounter him once in the while. If we seek him in the thin silences, we will encounter him every day.