Hi @OJMCKEE! I had a look at your question this morning and have been praying on your question and people’s responses through the day. I likewise find the whole story intriguing for so many reasons! I like what everyone has contributed so far.
In terms of your question here,
And after the fire there was the soft whisper of a voice.”
-Does this passage have a deeper meaning to it?
I’ve always understood this to be a reminder that we can look for God in the big things, the noise and clamour but actually God sometimes wants us to wait in stillness for our deepest encounters with Him. I’ve certainly had experiences where I’ve been to a massive church with a huge worship band, and everyone is waiting for an ‘experience’ but I’ve felt nothing, disappointingly so, and then I go home and feel the presence of God on my own. I know God meets us in a multitude of ways, and sometimes it is in the big moments and church gatherings. I suppose it’s a reminder that God doesn’t work to a formula. He will meet each of us differently in our own ways at the very time we need it to be so.
Ultimately, God is not going to act how we expect him to act. He won’t always answer our prayers in the way we imagine or hope. His responses will often be the opposite to what we are looking for. Isaiah 55:8-9 is another reminder in line with the above story of God and Elijah:
“For my thoughts are not your thoughts,
neither are your ways my ways,”
declares the Lord.
“As the heavens are higher than the earth,
so are my ways higher than your ways
and my thoughts than your thoughts.
It’s a call for us to keep trusting in him, no matter what we see before us.
I also have an additional question, particularly to @timotto if that’s ok? It was so good to read your constructive reply, and I love your reminder not to be misled by fanciful explanations. I just wanted a bit of clarification with the following point, please, for the sake of how I can continue to pray further about Olivia’s question:
Be aware however, that many times, truth seekers (like yourself) sometimes get misled by the over-active-imaginations of well meaning “spiritualistic” explanations and interpretations of others which may not be altogether accurate.
This has been on my mind through the day and I wondered if you could give an example of what you mean by this, please? I’m just thinking of this incredible story of Elijah and all the supernatural activity that’s taking place - how might we over spiritualise it?