Open Hands – Devo #4

Ladies and gents…today is just a good-old, classic Laura Story day!  This song is the kind of song we expect from her…and this one does not disappoint.

Devo #4: “Whisper”

If you don’t know much about Laura Story or you haven’t ever seen her in concert…you need to think about it!  She is, first of all, hilarious.  Secondly, she has an amazing story.  Her husband was diagnosed with a massive brain tumor several years ago.  He underwent surgery and it was removed, but some days his brain has trouble keeping up with itself.  Because of this, Story always does at least one song on her albums that reaches out to those of us who have ever been surrounded in darkness wondering where that grace is.  This song does that again.

“I believe that You speak
In the quietness
Even in the chaos I will rest
When I rush, When I race
Tether me to endless grace
And I will surrender once again

I will wait for You
I will wait for You
And my heart will be the listener
I will wait for You
I will wait for You
And I will find You in the whisper”

Do you know the story?  It is found in 1 Kings 19:11-13.  There is a prophet named Elijah.  He is just coming off an insurmountable victory.  He challenged some pagan worshipers to a bonfire competition.  They poured gas on their fire…and their god did nothing.  Elijah poured water on his…five alarm fire!  This angered the queen so Elijah, having just witnessed the power and faithfulness of God…ran.  Like a little scaredy cat into the desert, he ran off and begged God to just let him go ahead and die!  The nerve of this guy!  But God, in His endless grace directed Elijah toward a cave and had the birds of the field feed him.  What a lucky dude!  When he gets to the cave, God continues to convict Elijah about his running away until finally He speaks directly to the scared prophet.

“And after the earthquake a fire, but the LORD was not in the fire. And after the fire the sound of a low whisper.”

1 King 19:12, ESV

Interesting isn’t it?  Oh…not the story.  The song.  It’s interesting how we can hear this story all our lives and it really doesn’t affect us that much until we make it first person.  “That’s great.  Elijah heard God in a whisper!”  But doesn’t it all change when we sing Laura’s words: “I will hear you in the whisper”?  I encourage you to read the whole story of Elijah the scaredy cat today.  What situation are you looking for God in?  Where are you seeking Him most?  Don’t look for Him in the extraordinary today (although He is there).  Look for Him in the little, the ordinary, the meek…the whisper.

Love each other.

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