The Lord said, “Go out and stand on the mountain in the presence of the Lord, for the Lord is about to pass by.” Then a great and powerful wind tore the mountains apart and shattered the 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 came a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire. And after the fire came a gentle whisper. – 1 Kings 19:11-12
August 19 2015 was a unique day. I got two surprises and one was a prize. I received a certificate of appreciation from my job for being faithful for 10 years (I’m working on a second pension check). That was sort of ironic since I have been filled with the Holy Spirit for 10 years. I never won anything in a contest where I sign up and my name is pulled. Now I can strike one down since I received a cooler, t-shirts, sun visors, drinking cup and a Frisbee™ as the grand prize. Then I was honored at my favorite lunch spot by the employees for being a regular customer (almost everyday).
This may not seem like much to someone who has won a lottery or a brand new car or something. But it meant a lot to me. It all came when I needed encouragement. My wife is hospitalized with a possibility of surgery, expensive auto repair bills and so forth. But God has a way of encouraging us with what the world sees as small and insignificant. But in the midst of getting all this attention, I received a strong thought that seemed to come verbally; “The windows have just opened.”
I used to wait for the ground to shake and lightning to flash thinking God was about to make His grand entrance. But I found out He often speaks and ministers through a quiet voice and subtle gestures by people He uses to encourage us.
I celebrated my 60th birthday this month and God has did nothing but make me want to go 60 more with His encouraging moments such as this one. He loves us and if we pay close attention we can see and feel His love everyday.