Love hears the whispers (mountain to valley pt3)

by Craig on April 27, 2011

As I wrote to you yesterday, an inexplicable darkness hovered. I wondered if I was alone in this “mountaintop to valley in the blink of an eye” thing. (here)

Thanks to each of you who commented, your wisdom and heart are why I blog in this community!

We left off with Elijah sniveling in a cave

afraid
alone
uncertain

He was a great, great man.

Since it happened to him, it can’t be so bad that it happens to us.

And so what was next for Elijah?

A deep, deep study of this? That’s the stuff I do on the other blog.

But this is Love’s blog.

And today Love rushes headlong to the answer for hearts that need help right now.

So Elijah walks 40 days.

And when arrives at the mountain, all he gets is God asking him where he is. He knew where he was! He was in a cave – again darnit!

Like in the Garden, God knew the answer. I think he wanted Elijah to think, a little deeper. And then the earthquake, and then the fire

and then…

the whisper.

The whisper held answers and encouragement and love.

I didn’t have to walk for 40 days,

and God did kind of ask me where I was,

and there was a quake, at least of thought and prayer,

and in fire I found inspiration (go read my poem please – I heart my fire poem), and my whisper?

My whisper was you.

Oh the things you all teach me when you comment…

Brooke: “I better write this one down!” – reminding me to take note – and take notes (good thing I blog).

Cora: “Somehow, I don’t think the answers are in the cookies, or running away, or curling up with a blanket over my head.” (so true – but first – NOM! – and second – it feels safe under blankets)

A.: “I call this the pill bug stage-all curled up in a ball when threatened…by who knows what.” (I call them roll-y pole-y bugs – point taken!)

Dawn: About the Evil One and his minions, “setting you up the same way each time. They know when you are most vulnerable, and so they leave you alone until “it’s time”. Silly humans!

And all of you did this, but Mari’s comment came at a magically perfect moment – and she reminded me of one of my favorite sayings ever, “Remember in the dark what God showed you in the light.”

And Abby: Like Dawn you noticed how I custom tailored yesterday’s post. I worked it like a poem demands – and I didn’t think anyone would notice. But you did! So thank you – I heart that LOTS. And you added, “the insidious ways of the Enemy are real, and the lies can overpower  – and they often do this after mountaintops of deep encouragement.”

You all – do you realize how much I learn from you?

I do!

I heart that so much!

Thank you!!

And Liz: with your “OH!!! The enemy. I. Forgot. Again.” It made me smile because I’m not the only forgetter.

And Amanda: “I try not to buy the cookie dough logs for that exact reason!!” – confessing along with me that cookie dough is deep deep sin.

And Nicol: “There is not so much darkness in all of the world that it can put out the light of even one candle.”(((sigh))) (heart this!)

And Debbie: You always inspire – and if I’m in your company on this, then I. feel. encouraged … again.

And Michelle: “We allow Him to work through us. And then we stop, and look at what He’s just done. And we feel so small. And unworthy. And we run.” (Meh – so true)

all of this wisdom is part of the answer…

it’s a big answer…

and more of the answer is upcoming…

and I haven’t even told you what Laska the love kitty taught me…

please come back,

I heart this journey!

In God’s love

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A. April 27, 2011 at 9:17 am

I am coming back because I really want to learn more about this, and i am so glad there is so much to learn here. And Craig, even if you don’t have time to find words, just remember, ‘pikchurz r gud, but wurdz r gud too an we lik wurdz eevn when u don’ hav tim fore pikchurz.
I think even Laska might concur…

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Craig April 27, 2011 at 2:32 pm

but pictures are gooooooooood – thank you though A. God Bless.

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Cora April 27, 2011 at 10:02 am

As a Mom would ask, “So what did you learn today?” My answer: 1. I thought I was alone in the cave, but I’m not! 2. Who would have ever thought that cookie dough would seem like a good answer to life’s darkest moments??? 3. Hearts melt when God whispers.
4. Caves are good places to review what I learned in the light. 5. I can learn stuff in the dark places, too. 6. When other people are honest and post their thoughts, we all learn even more stuff, and then it’s not so dark anymore.

You would think by the time we reach “old age” that we would have learned some of these things well enough that we wouldn’t need the cookie dough , the blankies, and the caves! I guess it takes a lifetime to get all the blah,blah,blah broken down into child-like answers we can live by. It’s strange —- I used to look at Bible studies and rate them by how “deep” they were and how much they would add to my arsenal of blah blah blah. Now???? Here I am in “shock and awe” over “Jesus loves me, this I know!”

Can’t wait for more, Craig! You have a gift of keeping us all coming back for the rest of the story!

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Craig April 27, 2011 at 2:36 pm

Well – actually cookie dough is a good answer in life’s dark moments – just not the only answer :) And caves – funny – bet Elijah was sick of caves! And amen – if we stop pretending we are all so faith filled and never have doubts – it’s all so much better – then we can help each other – amen and amen!! And Cora – I used to be the same way about “knowledge” – we’ve both learned lessons. Thank you Cora – thank you – God Bless you too.

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Dawn April 27, 2011 at 10:23 am

Dear Craig,

That shot of Laska at the end…I have to come back tomorrow because I’m sure he’s really got a message worth hearing. I have to go back to the Deep into Scripture and read the poem again, but after lunch….I think I am too brain-starved right now to really appreciate its depth. I do, however, appreciate your appreciation for each of your readers. You are like a cyber-pastor. I know. I know. You want to be known for your writing, but you went to seminary so shepherding fits you just the same.

Got to go eat,
Dawn

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Craig April 27, 2011 at 2:40 pm

It’s like women who put baby pictures on the sight – and me with lambs – Laska pictures always get raves. And Dawn – just a guy broken to be made usable – and learning and sharing – that’s all. And today is a good example of how I got shepherded – I learned. But thank you. God Bless.

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Cori April 27, 2011 at 5:40 pm

Wonderfully written Craig! Thanks so for sharing it with us!!

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Craig April 27, 2011 at 5:59 pm

Thank you Cori – from the heart – thank you – and God bless.

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Mari April 27, 2011 at 6:27 pm

Isint God awesome? I am so glad He spoke to you through the comments here; love when He does stuff like that! Cant wait for the kitty lessons!

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Craig April 27, 2011 at 6:33 pm

It’s more of a story – the kitty lesson. Laska protecting me, being wary – watching – I heart the way it played out – right in the middle of my funk. SO many pieces have come together to clear the clouds, the comments, Ann Voskamp, Laska, prayer – you were a really nice part of it all – so thank you Mari – thank you – and God bless you and yours. I want to come raid your photos some time for a poem by the way. You are gifted!!

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Mari April 27, 2011 at 6:40 pm

Oh feel free, just follow the Flickr link on my blog…Id be honored!

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Janis@ Open My Ears Lord April 27, 2011 at 9:46 pm

This was well written–an encouragement. Every time I remember how discouraged Elijah became after his tremendous victory, I am encouraged that God is there when I feel my world is crashing down around me. And He will pick me up!

Blessings,
Janis

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Craig April 27, 2011 at 9:55 pm

Thank you Janis – thank you. I never really got a handle on how he could have been so disconsolate before – funny how it takes going through something to understand it. And Amen – Our Lord does have a knack for picking us up. God Bless you Janis – and again – thank you.

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Marita April 27, 2011 at 11:56 pm

Craig, Amazing that you can devote such intensity to both blogs — a labor of love, I can imagine! Thanks so much.

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Craig April 28, 2011 at 10:41 am

Thank you – those are gracious words. I didn’t today though – I only wrote just one post on Love’s blog. Writing only one post – so easy!! Tomorrow back to two :)

Thank YOU Marita – thank you and God bless you.

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Michelle April 28, 2011 at 3:40 am

I can’t wait to hear Laska’s take. Because I know it will be profound.

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Craig April 28, 2011 at 10:43 am

Michelle – I do have to warn you it’s not a post written by Laska – it’s just something that happened – it involved the love kitty – but I do the narration. He’s profound – that’s true – but I’m many times much more muchly profounder. God bless.

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