And he said, “Go out and stand on the mount before the Lord.” And behold, the Lord passed by, and a great and strong wind tore the mountains and broke in pieces the rocks before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind. And after the wind an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake. 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 Kings 19:11-12 ESV

I used to get annoyed when people told me God spoke to you in whispers. I did not understand it. I wanted Him to shout at me, light up flashing signs, make a bush light on fire! I wanted to know that I heard Him correctly before I took the next step. 

The other day I was reading Crash the Chatterbox by Steven Furtick. In one of the chapter he paints a beautiful picture of God and His whispers; a God speaking to us in a way I hadn’t thought of before.

What Steven said was simple and true: “God speaks in whispers because he is so close. He doesn’t have to shout.”

(This isn’t a ringing endorsement for all of his teaching—but these words ring true!)

How beautiful it is, that creator of the Universe is so close to us. He is always listening, always understanding, always filling us with His peace, if we would just be still and listen.

Anyone can hear someone when they shout or make big flashing signs–but God is so close to His children. Just like we listen and know the voice of those we love, we should know God’s voice. The still small voice, speaking inside of us…that is God.

God is all-powerful. He can shake the mountains, create and earthquake, part the seas with one word. Yet, he is so loving, gentle and intimate that He wants a relationship with each of us. He does not want to just tell us what to do, He wants a continual conversation, and intimate relationship with us.

Are you quieting the world enough to have a continual conversation and intimate relationship with God?

JamieLee finds deep-rooted joy being in her kitchen. When she is chopping veggies, stirring soup, watching her bread rise and fall…it is in those moments she can hear God the clearest. She is a passionate gatherer, writer, small business owner and loves talking about food, natural health and the way those things effect us. She lives in North Dakota with her Husband, DJ and dog Porter. Connect with JamieLee here.