As I approach the end of my first month here at Gower Christian Church, I think I may finally have a chance to take a breath. It’s been a bit of a whirlwind so far – driving here in a moving truck, flying back to North Carolina, driving here again in my car, unpacking, shopping, writing sermons, leading worship, meeting with members, meeting with other clergy – it’s been a little crazy just how fast the time has flown since I arrived here! And of course, lest I forget, my wedding day is coming up on me at almost breakneck speed – a mere ten weeks remain until I get to start calling Caitie “Mrs. Gawne”.
In the midst of all that, though, I have to remember to look for God in the quiet places. When Elijah waited for God to pass by in I Kings 19, God was not in the chaos, the earthquake, the fire, but in the still small voice of the gentle breeze that followed it all. This time of year is a tempting time for all of us to forsake the peace and embrace the chaos, as Spring prepares to be sprung, as the school year approaches its end, as Easter signals the headlong mad dash toward summer.
Our journey through Lent, however, is a time to take a step back from the hustle and bustle of our lives. As we look to the cross and the resurrection that follows, let us remember to take time for God and for ourselves. Keep moments of peace and quiet, so that you may be open to hear the still, small voice of God.