One of the cool things about God is that His character is full of juxtapositions. Of opposite traits that shouldn’t be able to co-exist in one person but do. He is a judge and yet merciful. He (in Jesus) is holy and yet human. And my favorite one is that He is eternal and yet intimate.
The same God who created the heavens and the earth – who built universes and exists outside of time – is the same God who wants a personal relationship with me.
It makes my heart sing when He pursues me in the midst of His busy schedule. He’s got a lot going on, and yet He still makes time for me every day. He draws near to me just as I draw near to Him, and even when He feels far away, He’s not.
I’m reminded of the story of Elijah in 1 Kings 19:11-13. Elijah goes to stand out on the side of the mountain to wait for God 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. 12 After the earthquake came a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire. And after the fire came a gentle whisper.”
And do you know why Elijah could hear the gentle whisper of the Lord? Because God was near.
You can only hear the whispers of those right by your side. This story is a great reminder of God’s power and His placement. Of His grandeur and His grace.
Like with Elijah, God meets us where we are so He can lead us where He wants us to go. And He is faithful to be with us the whole time.
Too often, we think of God as a far-off being of great power. Which He is. But He’s also a personal protector who is always nearby, whispering intimately to our hearts from His eternal glory.