Hello, my dear blog-readers, however many or few of you there may be. I do realize that the earth has rotated quite a few times since I've last posted, and I do have a reason for that... which I will get into in a later post.
I do feel led to post some lyrics that I've stayed up writing, because they kept on bouncing around in my head while I was trying to force myself to be sleepy. And since that rarely works, I turned little lamp on, rubbed my eyes, and started furiously scribbling in my notebook. I hope this turns out to be as good for me tomorrow morning as it was tonight.
As the post title states, I have some lyrics for ya'll. I do just want to give a very brief background to what inspired them, and hopefully help them make sense. (Although many popular song lyrics are hopelessly ambiguous, these may seem that way at first, but with the proper context, they're really quite specific).
I've always found 1 King 19 very interesting, and it's been the subject for some of my art (not yet posted). I'll briefly touch the story now, but I recommend you look it up on BibleGateway.com here. If you're not familiar with the preceding events of the passage, read chapter 18 too.
The historical event took place... a long time ago, in the land of Israel. The reigning king was an evil man named Ahab, with an even more evil wife named Jezebel, and they had done a pretty thorough job in making God's chosen people completely pagan. If that wasn't bad enough, they made a point of searching out any followers of the One True God and puting them to death. The prophet at that time, Elijah, was a fearless and righteous man, carrying out God's orders, performing miracles in His Name, and letting people know what God was saying to His people. And because it's important to understand, here are just a few examples of Elijah's track record with God:
When a famine is upon the land, God provides food for Elijah by sending bread via birds carrying it to him. 1 Kings 17
God miraculously raises a widow's son from the dead (using Elijah). Also 1 Kings 17
God sends fire from heaven to consume an offering after Elijah prays. The fire consumes the bull, the stones - which were drenched in water - and the wet ground around it. After such a display, the whole of Israel turns back to God! 1 Kings 18
God gives strength to Elijah in order to out-run the King's chariots and arrive at his palace first. 1 Kings 18
Nonetheless, Elijah fears for his life when Queen Jezebel sends word to him that she's gonna rip his head off (basically), and he flees into the wilderness, sits under a tree, and fearfully asks God to take his life. The mighty man of God is afraid and discouraged, despite all that he knows and has seen! But God revives him, by sending fresh bread and water, and telling him that He, Himself, the Lord of heaven and earth, will pass by him.
A strong wind passes by, but God is not in the gale.
An earthquake passes by, but God is not in the ground.
A fire rages past, but God is not in the flames.
Finally, a gentle whisper. God gently speaks to Elijah, and asks him why he is there.
Elijah goes on to tell God that he's been zealous for Him, but his hard work has not payed off. Now he's the only godly man left, and even so they will surely kill him. God responds by telling him that there will yet be a godly king in the land, and that there is still work to be done. Elijah's next step is to find an assistant, which he does immediately after his Holy encounter.
See, even doing great things for God is not assurance that we'll never become discouraged. And searching for answers in the grandiose and glorious (the big things in life), rather than the still, small voice of God, will not cultivate that deeply personal, grace-filled relationship He intends for us. Connecting with God, searching for his presence, and allowing yourself to be broken before Him - this is what the Lord wants from us! It is then that we can go on and do the great works He has in store for us to do.
Whisper in the Wilderness
Oh the things that I have seen to make me believe
The fire from Your hand
And the prowess of Your plan
Has brought a nation's heart back to Thee
Oh the power I've observed, and from I've partaken
Been fed by wildlife
Brought man back to life
The king's own chariot I've overtaken
Although I've been Your voice of truth and praise
Through these many years
Many triumphs, many tears
I shiver in the desert so afraid
Oh oh why, my Lord, do You forsake
It is not that I don't trust
Your sovereignty and justice
But now in my weakness, speak to me of grace
The stormy wind has shattered mountains
And the earth beneath me breaks
The raging fire I have seen
But your presence I still seek
You come to me, I cover my face
You revive my soul, and show the way
When I'm all out of faith
And the memories fade
You whisper in the wilderness
That is all I have for now. More to come!
(Written by Michaela Johnson. All rights reserved)