LOOK... and be curious.
WAIT... with prayerful expectation.
Come Holy Spirit: Thy Kingdom Come.
READ... the text with an open mind.
He said, ‘Go out and stand on the mountain before the Lord, for the Lord is about to pass by.’ Now there was a great wind, so strong that it was splitting mountains and breaking rocks in pieces 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 a sound of sheer silence. When Elijah heard it, he wrapped his face in his mantle and went out and stood at the entrance of the cave. Then there came a voice to him that said, ‘What are you doing here, Elijah?’ (1 Kings 19:11-13)
LISTEN... for a word with a willing heart.
RESPOND... with prayer and action.
Oh God of the mountain top,
how often we think it is you
hurling rocks and scorching earth.
How often we misunderstand you.
May we not fear the silent place,
but come out of the darkness to meet you
and stand in the face of your question to us,
‘What are you doing here?’ Amen.