God said (to Elijah), “Stand on the mountain, for the Lord is about to pass by.” Now there was a great wind, so strong that it was splitting mountains and breaking rocks in pieces, 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 sound of sheer silence. – 1 Kings 19:11-12
Other versions say “still, small voice,” or “gentle whisper,” but the NRSV translates it “a sound of sheer silence.” Not through dreadful wind, earthquake or fire – instead God speaks to the prophet’s heart.
We know this: It doesn’t have to be loud. It doesn’t have to grab the crowds’ attention. When God speaks the room can be filled with “sheer silence.” So today we can choose to spend some time in stillness and silence. Listen. God will speak.