1Kings 19:9, 11-13 Romans 9:1-5 Matthew 14:22-33
Who is God? It’s a question that most of us have asked at least once, and many of us ask it even more often. Today’s readings may not delve into the mysteries surrounding God’s existence, but they tell us a lot about how He is and how He relates to us.
God is not obvious in His use of power. He can easily command the winds, earthquakes, fires, and floods, but He didn’t. He chose, instead, to come in the whisper – in the softness and the quiet that requires us to stop and listen. He doesn’t command our attention even though He could. He chooses, instead, to wait for us to listen. He calls softly and then waits. He does not command that we pay attention, ordering us around as one would a slave. He speaks in a quiet voice, intimately, as one would speak to a lover or to a frightened child.
He calls to us, waking us from our slumber, and asks us only to place our trust in Him, to brave the rough waters, keep our eyes upon him, and just walk in the way He tells us to go. He asks us to step out in spite of our fears and attempt things which defy our logic and seem impossible. He bids us to remember that all things are possible with Him.
That’s who He is – the quiet whisper, the encouraging voice, the faithful one, the All-Powerful Creator who waits to be invited. Perhaps we should all spend a little more time patiently listening for the soft whisper of the Voice of God and a little less listening to the loud noises of the world.