The air had been still as I sat on my porch, even though I knew storms were brewing from the west. A light, refreshing breeze began to blow, stirring the air ahead of the storm. I sat quietly before the Lord considering His ways.
The Voice of the Spirit is as Gentle as a Zephyr
Just that morning my spirit awakened within me as I considered wisdom from Oswald Chambers in My Utmost for His Highest: “The voice of the Spirit is as gentle as a zephyr, so gentle that unless you are living in perfect communion with God, you never hear it. The checks of the Spirit come in the most extraordinary gentle way, and if you are not sensitive enough to detect His voice you will quench it, and your personal spiritual life will be impaired. His checks always come as a still, small voice, so small that no one but the disciple notices them.”
I read the passage over and over. Slowly. With great concentration. I didn’t want to miss what God wanted to show me.
Chambers said, “the voice of the Spirit is as gentle as a zephyr …” A zephyr is a light, refreshing breeze. That was exactly what I experienced while sitting on my porch reading his words.
I thought about the gentleness of the breeze. The refreshing. Even its delight on this hot summer day.
God is Always Speaking If We Will Learn to Listen
And I thought about the tenderness of God as He leads us by His Spirit and nudges us in the paths of righteousness. How He rides on the wings of the wind and is with us always. How He is always speaking if we will only learn to listen.
I leaned back in the wicker chair weathered by the sun. Closing my eyes, I thought about the Lord — His goodness, His intervention, His Redemptive power in my life and family.
And then I listened.
As I listened I was reminded of the impending storms coming in from the west. I knew the Lord was showing me one of His principles through the zephyr (the light, refreshing breeze) preceding today’s storms.
His spirit — His still, small voice — precedes our storms if we’ll listen. The Lord goes before us to prepare a way, especially with the impending storms.
A Light, Refreshing Breeze Reminds Me God is With Me
I’m learning to not be afraid of what lies ahead — God has His way in the storms. I have no need to fear them. He rides on the wings of the wind! The clouds are the dust of His feet as He rushes to respond to His child in need.
So … I’m learning not to fear the storms of life.
And I’m trying to learn to be thankful in the difficult places.
I never want to quench His voice because I am focused more on my difficult places than on Him. I don’t ever want to miss Him passing by in the soft gentle breeze or His delicate whispers as He pursues me with His love.
When a light, refreshing breeze drifts across our mountains preceding approaching storms, I will remind myself to be still and remember that God is with me. I will listen and not be afraid. I’m not in the storm alone.
And neither are you.
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