soar, crash, quiet

March 18, 2005 | 5 Comments

I had a really good conversation tonight with a really good friend. He is in the midst of trying to figure out how ministry fits into his life right now. He still has a thirst for God, but is worn out. He’s a little troubled by it all.

Life has seasons. We all go through them. Sometimes we can’t believe how high we are soaring. Sometimes we really don’t want to wake up tomorrow. Sometimes we just want to sit and dwell on the beauty of God.

I often remind myself and others of three back-to-back episodes from the life of Elijah…

In the first, Elijah is taking on the enemy (1 Kings 18:16-46). He faces hundreds of prophets of Baal before a crowd of people He literally taunts them and proves entirely confident that God will back him. Imagine his thrill when he calls fire down from heaven and God honors his faithfulness. Imagine how close to God he felt to see Him work through him in that way.

In the second, Elijah is running like a scared little girl (1 Kings 19:1-8). He fears for his life after the last episode, and he literally wants to die. He is exhausted. An angel appears to him and provides the food and encouragement he needs to go on.

The final episode is the ultimate mountaintop experience (1 Kings 19:9-18). God tells him to stand on a mountain top, and Elijah hears the voice of God in the sound of complete silence.

Here’s the beautiful thing — these are three drastically different stories, but one truth is evident in all of them. At no time is he any closer to, or further from God in any of them. He soars. He crashes. He quiets. And God is right there beside him through all three.

I reflect on these stores often for my own sake. I need to. They massage my soul.

  • Great post, John! I needed to read that today.

  • Gary

    Me too! Thanks so much for the reminder!

  • John, good stuff! I have long observed your thoughts and insights here but I couldn’t keep from responding to this post. Not only did this Truth minister to me from the life of Elijah, but it speaks and models of something more–that as followers of Christ we speak the eternal Truth to one another as if it is alive today (imagine!). How refreshing and renewing it is to hear God’s Word spoken to the brokeness of my life today! May our words spoken to one another be a source of life as the Proverb spoke of:
    “A person’s words can be life-giving water; words of true wisdom are as refreshing as a bubbling brook.” (Proverbs 18:4)
    (By the way, your thougths in that post–that’ll preach! Sounds like a 3 week series in the making.)

  • Trevor,
    It does preach…I can testify from experience on that one. 🙂

  • Andy

    That’s some good stuff. Thanks for sharing.