In 1 King 19 when Elijah is fleeing to Horeb he has an encounter with God.
And the word of the Lord came to him: “What are you doing here, Elijah?”
He replied, “I have been very zealous for the Lord God Almighty. The Israelites have rejected your covenant, broke down your alters, and put your prophets to death with the sword. I am the only one left, and now they are trying to kill me too.”
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. 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?”
He replied, “I have been very zealous for the Lord God Almighty. The Israelites have rejected your covenant, broken down your altars, and put your prophets to death with the sword. I am the only one left, and now they are trying to kill me too.”
The Lord said to him, “Go back the way you came, and go to the Desert of Damascus. When you get there, anoint Hazael king over Aram.”
I recently finished the book “When God Winks at You” by Squire Rushnell and I highly recommend it. It includes powerful stories of moments and events in people’s lives where God was definitely present.
It reminded me that God doesn’t necessarily have to speak to us with crashes of thunder and lightning. Sometimes it’s a simple as seeing a picture, running into an old friend or just the peace in your heart knowing you made the right decision.
I would love to hear about a time you experienced a ‘God wink’. Maybe it was a time when you didn’t know how to move forward or a time in your life when God showed you the unexpected.
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Happy Trails & God Bless!