Mommy alarms

1 Kings 19:11-13a – “And he said, Go forth, and stand upon the mount before the LORD. And, behold, the LORD passed by, and a great and strong wind rent the mountains, and brake in pieces the rocks before the LORD; but the LORD was not in the wind: and after the wind an earthquake; but the LORD was not in the earthquake: And after the earthquake a fire; but the LORD was not in the fire: and after the fire a still small voice. And it was so, when Elijah heard it, that he wrapped his face in his mantle, and went out, and stood in the entering in of the cave.”

We have this thing in my little family called “mommy alarms”. Everyone knows not to doubt the “mommy alarms”. The “mommy alarms” has kept us from harm and getting wet many times. 

“Mommy alarms” is that “still small voice” inside me. When I listen to it, things bode much better for us all. But when I choose to ignore it, well…let’s just say things might get a little hairy. 

I believe that God has equipped us, upon accepting Jesus Christ as our Savior, with that still small voice. He is also known as the Holy Spirit. And He speaks to us all the time. He tells us when problems are coming. He tells us when things need to be said. He tells us when things should NOT be said. He helps us to understand the Word of God. He is with us any time and all the time we ask and are willing to listen. 

I like to call His work in my life, in regards to protecting my family, my “mommy alarms”.  I know it is God in my life because how else would I know way ahead of time that “yep, we should really head back to the car – my mommy alarms are saying rain!” I believe that God cares about all aspects of my life, even the tiniest little details – like rain. 

In this portion of the passage, Elijah is having a pity party and God is trying to refocus him. He shows him that He is not in all the distractions and problems. He is in that still small voice that pulls us through some of the darkest moments in our life. 

I know in my own life that it has been that still small voice that has held my crumbling spirit through the death of my dad. It has been that still small voice that has lifted me up when I failed my national board exam for OT (the first time I failed anything!). It was that still small voice that kept me from giving up when I thought I would never have a child. And I could go on and on. But that still small voice has also been there in the happy moments as well. That still small voice reminds me to praise the Lord when things are right and happy and good. 

So today, as the wind threatens to blow you over and the earth quakes beneath your feet and the fire around you blazes, listen. Listen for that still small voice. And when your “mommy alarms” are going off, don’t ignore them. God gave them to you, in good times and bad, for a reason. 

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