I am in love with the wilderness. Not just the wild that is far removed from the touch of human civilization although that is best. I love any place in the outdoors where I can commune with God while in nature. There’s something about the silence and solitude the wilderness affords that allows me to feel closer to my God and to better hear him when he is speaking to my heart.
I’ve alluded to this before, but I most enjoy hiking a backcountry trail, a path of least resistance through the woods and mountains where my cares melt away and I can sense the gentle whisper of God. Elijah once felt the presence of God this way. We think we must find God in the extreme events, the situations of power and strength. And while God is found there as well, He can just as easily be hidden in the small things. In 1 Kings 19:11-12 it reads…
“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.”
Like Elijah, we too wait for God in the extraordinary. Especially in worship, Christians think that God can only be found in newer praise songs or in the words of a dynamic speaker. Elijah found God in a gentle whisper and he was able to recognize him because of the silence and solitude of the wilderness. “Be still and know that I am God”. (Psalm 46:10).
Really take the time to find a place away from the hectic world we live in. Whether it be the beach, a wooded trail or an expansive mountain vista, go there to look and listen to the world around you. See God in his perfect creation and pay attention to his call in your soul. You may feel him far better than you ever have before.