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. 12 After the earthquake came a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire. And after the fire came a gentle whisper. 13 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 NIV


We learn something by walking through dark valleys.  In the midst of incredible doubt—in the pit of indescribable depression —in the grip of constant unreasonable fear—we are given a unique opportunity.  It is our very own rendition of Elijah’s pressing mountaintop encounter in 1 Kings 19:11.  Just like Elijah,  in our present situation, God might be using our circumstances to ask us the same question he asked Elijah.  "What are you doing here?"  And just like Elijah, when we answer, God may allow a windstorm to topple our self-made mountains.  He may send an earthquake that destroys the foundation of who we thought we were.  But in those tests and trials, there is also a gift.  The gift of desperation.  And just like he did for Elijah, when we are at our most desperate, God sends us the same breath of hope.  In that breath is one of His greatest truths in all of our lives. It’s hard to understand.  It’s quiet and soft, and when everything around us is loud and coming apart, it’s hard to hear a still small voice.  But God is whispering, " Alone?  Depressed?  Afraid? Feeling worthless?  Meet me there, and I’ll meet you in you in the silence.


Heavenly Father, Thank you for the unique opportunities that our most difficult moments can offer.  Through out this day, whether we are on top of a mountain or down in a valley, help us to be quiet enough to hear your voice and your plans.  Give us  peace to experience the power of your goodness that is present in every moment.

Chase Kennedy