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. Then a voice said to him, "What are you doing here, Elijah?" 1 Kings 19:11-13
Notice how God came to Elijah...in a whisper.
This weekend I've needed that in my life. I was pretty overwhelmed Friday with a bunch of things that went wrong not to mention it was my only day off for the next three weeks. I had high expectations and they were pretty quickly being dashed to pieces.
I had posted a facebook status about my stress and the dilemma of, "do I rest, or do I get up and do all this tremendous mound of housework I see around me?" A few friends lovingly encouraged me that it was okay to rest. While I did do some work this weekend, I also took a few hours to take a nap with the dogs, and lay in bed and read my Bible and some other materials (for pleasure, not business) I've had stacked up waiting for my perusal.
I'm glad I did. In the craziness of what was happening when the day started on Friday, had I continued on that path I would have scarcely noticed God's whisper!
One of the things He gently whispered was, "I love you...now go to sleep" as I closed my eyes and drifted off to nap with Maxie and Maddie.
Speaking of sleep, we're giving people their hour of sleep back today at Celebration Church. Every year we have people who come late to church on this Sunday, missing the majority of the service because they forgot to turn their clocks ahead (even though we remind them) and others do show up on time however all anyone talks about is how tired they are. We thought, "why not avoid all that this year?" So this Sunday only, we gave everyone an hour of sleep. Larry asked me to make a facebook announcement to the church on Monday, which I was none too thrilled about (although I'm usually happy to help with video announcements) my right eye was swollen and infected most of the week and I couldn't wear makeup or my glasses, nevertheless we found a fun way to do the announcement:
It's going to be a great day at Celebration Church!!!