God speaks to each of us whether we are listening or not. Have you ever heard from Him? I believe I have. In my experience, God often speaks to us in a time, in a place, and in a way that we don’t expect.
There’s a well known prophet in the bible who knew this to be true. His name was Elijah and he was afraid for his life. He fled to a mountain and hid in a cave but, even there, God found him. (See 1 Kings 19: 11-12) Elijah heard God's whisper and found Him in that place. And it was in a whisper that I heard from God a few weeks back over the Easter weekend.
On that Thursday night, the night where Jesus shared His last meal with His disciples and washed their feet, my family read the bible together and washed each others’ feet to remind us how Jesus wants us to serve each other. But that’s not where God spoke to me.
On that Friday, my family and I got all dressed up and went to the Good Friday service at church. We heard 7 powerful messages from 7 gifted speakers. But that is not where God spoke to me.
On Easter Sunday morning, my family and I went to church together and experienced a powerful service complete with spoken word, drama, video, dance, flashy lights, a great message, and amazing worship. But that is not where God spoke to me.
God spoke to me on Saturday, the day that no one really talks about, the day that Jesus was dead and God was nowhere to be found. In the quiet moments I had that day, I reflected on what Jesus’ disciples, friends, and family members would have been feeling on that same day 2,000 years ago: hopelessness, helplessness, confusion, despair, anger, desperation. Even though Jesus told them He would rise from the dead on the third day, many of his followers didn’t get it. And even if they did get it, there was no way for them to know for sure that it would really happen.
Today, Saturday isn’t a big deal to us. We know beyond a shadow of a doubt that Sunday is coming. We have a hope that people who watched Jesus be killed did not have. In the quiet of my heart, on the Saturday before Easter, God whispered to me “If you know what they didn’t know, and you have a hope that they didn’t have, then you have no excuse not to walk in that hope and knowledge.”
Wow! That really woke me up. It was such a gentle whisper that made such a powerful impact.
If God often speaks to us in a whisper, then my encouragement to you is to get yourself in a space that is quiet enough and still enough, both in your surroundings and inside of you, that you can hear Him. If you don’t know God or the hope that He offers, then ask someone who does know him, even us on this blog, to introduce you to Him. But if you do know Jesus and the hope that He offers, then walk boldly in it and wait to see what dead things God will raise again in your life.