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At the Mouth of the Cave
by Jenny on June 6th, 2016

"There was the sound of a gentle whisper. When Elijah heard it, he wrapped his face in his cloak and went out and stood at the entrance of the cave." 1 Kings 19:12b-13

I hate waiting.

In our house, you're not supposed to use the "H" word (hate) . . . but I hate waiting! I would much rather "do" than to sit and wait. But for now, I'm waiting.

My husband and I love our current home but as our family, as well as our desire to strengthen and encourage other families, has grown we have begun to pray for "a place with space." A place with more space for families to grow closer to God and to each other.

We placed our current home on the market nearly three weeks ago. Our realtor warned us that selling a home requires patience. She was right.

I say again, I love our current home. Moving is not a need, it is only a desire. I am okay with not moving. I am okay with moving. I just wish I knew which path we were going to travel!

Trying to draw strength from Scripture I began to think about those who had to wait on God. Many stories came to mind but for some reason my heart landed on Elijah.

Elijah served as a mighty prophet of God. But after shaming the prophets of Baal in an altar-building contest, Elijah began to fear for his life and fled to a cave. The Lord called to Elijah from within the cave and told Elijah to go out and stand before Him on the mountain. There, Elijah had to wait on God to provide further direction (1 Kings 19:1-11).

I don't know how long Elijah had to wait. I get the impression from Scripture that Elijah heard from the Lord that same day (see 1 Kings 19:12-13). But God allowed Elijah to witness several amazing events while he waited. A windstorm, an earthquake and a fire. Sounds almost as crazy as Texas weather! But had Elijah failed to position himself as God instructed, had Elijah failed to wait, Elijah would have missed out on all God wanted to do.

When I've read this story in the past I've focused on the fact that God spoke to Elijah through a gentle whisper, and not in the windstorm, earthquake or fire. But what strikes me today is that Elijah had to position himself as God led, and then he had to wait before God spoke again.

Waiting is hard. But many times it seems God only reveals the correct path to me one step at a time. My job as a follower of Christ is to take the next step, trusting God for the final destination. We must position ourselves as God leads so that we can witness God do what only He can do.

I do not know if my family and I will end up staying put or if we will move to another, somewhat-local home. I feel as if we are standing at the mouth of the cave waiting for God to act. But when God moves, I expect it will be as awesome as the sight Elijah beheld on the mountain that day.

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I am a stay-at-home, homeschooling, Bible-teaching mom of six, and wife to my college sweetheart. I believe everyone can live a life of abundance through a personal relationship with Jesus Christ and radical obedience to His Word.

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