Daily Lenten Reflection

“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. –1 Kings 19:11-13, NRSV

Nighttime in the desert is as still and quiet as you could ever hope to find, a silence broken only by human activity. The usual night sounds one experiences outdoors – the rustle of wind in tree branches, the rushing sound of water tumbling over the boulders of a mountain stream, the stealthy movements of night-loving animals – are virtually absent. The nature of life in the deep desert is different, much more subdued, a signal of the lack of something, the apparent absence of that which sustains life: water. –Laurie Gordon, The God of Barren Landscapes

Reflection: 

  • How does a different landscape awaken you to the absence of what is normally present? What is absent in your interior landscape this Lent?
  • Pay attention to what you would normally see, experience, and hear in your daily life. What would you notice lacking if, for a time, you entered a space as “still and quiet as you could ever hope to find?”
  • Prayerfully dwell with 1 Kings 19:11-13. What is God’s invitation to you in this text?

One Comment on “Daily Lenten Reflection

  1. God is not in the noise, the commotion, the busy-ness. God is in the silence between these. And God asks us to be intentional about seeking this silence. “Go out and stand on the mountain…” God wants us to be intentional about spending time, shielded from distractions, in the silence, listening. “Wrapped his face…and…went out and stood…”

    The intentionality of this lenten practice is proving transformational for my faith, my demeanor and my walk with the Lord. I am sooo grateful!

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