I’m feeling overwhelmed lately by the noise around me. Opinions, frustrations, news and events blare into our systems at every turn. If you get on social media you can’t scroll down half a heartbeat without hearing the voices of open letters and rally cries for causes. Not that all of them are wrong, of course, but we all seem to have something to say. It can be draining.
I also hear a certain “noise” as I hustle kids off to the next practice, pin them down to finish the latest school assignment, or push them into the shower too close to bedtime. It’s the noise of busyness and distractions. Most of them really can’t be avoided. It’s life. But sometimes it feels like the “life” is sucked right out of you.
If you are feeling the same way, fellow mom, you are not alone! An entirely separate post could be added about how to deal with trimming things out of our lives and focusing on the priorities, but I’m not addressing that this time. I want to give you a Biblical example of someone who heard from God when life felt like chaos around him. In spite of the noise around me, I want to hear from God, and I have a feeling that you do too.
Elijah was a mighty prophet of God during the time of the divided kingdom. The Israelites were worshipping Baal, a false god endorsed by the Northern Kingdom’s king, Ahab, and his wife, Jezebel. In I Kings 18 we read that Elijah called fire onto a water-soaked altar, displaying God’s power and ability where the prophets of Baal had none. As a result of this encounter, the prophets of Baal were killed by the people at Elijah’s command and the first rain was seen in three years.
Ahab’s wife, Jezebel, caught word of this and sent a message to threaten Elijah’s life. Fatigued and discouraged, Elijah ran and hid, running low on physical and spiritual energy.
But God intervened. Through the angel of the Lord, Elijah was fed and allowed to rest before completing a journey to Mount Horeb which lasted forty days. He had experienced a whirlwind of ups and downs and now completed a supernatural fast. Life was pretty crazy for Elijah at this point. And now, upon arriving at the mountain, the Lord confronted him.
And the word of the Lord came to him: “What are you doing here, Elijah?”
He replied, “I have been very zealous for the Lord God Almighty. The Israelites have rejected your covenant, torn down your altars, and put your prophets to death with the sword. I am the only one left, and now they are trying to kill me too.”
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. When Elijah heard it, he pulled his cloak over his face and went out and stood at the mouth of the cave. (I Kings 19:10-13, NIV)
Did you notice it? The Lord was in the whisper.
Amid the responsibilities, the fatigue, the distress, and even the recent experience of serving the Lord wholeheartedly, it was time to be still and listen intently for the Lord’s next word of instruction. And it was in the gentle whisper.
Yes, there are times He makes His presence known in thunderous ways, but not typically in the loud shouting of distractions that take our eyes off of Him. We, dear moms, must resolve to set aside time to sit at His feet and soak up His voice through His Word.
This is a charge you have likely heard before. But are you truly, faithfully meeting with Him? Do you set aside time to talk to your Father and read Scripture? Don’t beat yourself up if you haven’t made it to that point yet. Choose today to start afresh! It can feel next to impossible at times with little ones hanging on your legs. But He will reward your obedience and discipline to intentionally MAKE the time to do it.
Sometimes I want to “run away” like Elijah did. But God knows me too well and isn’t excusing me from the responsibilities I’ve been given or taken upon myself. I can’t hide from the reality of the world around me or shirk my family duties. But like Elijah, He’s ready to meet me where I am, refuel me for the tasks ahead, and give me a clear word if I incline my ear to Him. If you hunger for the whisper of his voice, open His written Word, the Bible, and He will feed you too.
How often do we swipe the screen of our phones or other devices to check in on our messages and media, yet barely glance upon the written Word of God? What feels like a “rest” from the burdens around us actually adds to our sense being “overdone.” While God can show up wherever and whenever He wants, too many times we look to the clamoring noise of social media as a respite instead of the gentle whisper of His Word. The vast and diverse array of human opinions are not the solid and sound advice we can always trust. Only God’s word consistently guides us to truth.
If you are ready to work on having a set time with the Lord each day and need a little guidance, let me refer you to another post written by Brianne Prater. It is called “Feeding on Truth” and she has excellent recommendations!
Life as a mom is busy and hectic with many ups and downs. My prayer is that you desire to stand on the mountain like Elijah did, hear God’s whisper, and commit to meeting with Him daily—He so desires to meet with YOU!
*How do you purposefully drown out the noise around you in order to hear God’s still, small voice in the midst of the chaos of life? We’d love to hear your comments below!