Anyway, this is not a rant about uptight Mormons, this is about Elijah. I really like the guy. He took on the priests of Baal, raised the dead, and rode a chariot of fire to heaven. The dude was a rockstar. Of all the scriptures about his life, the following has been rolling through my head a lot the last few weeks:
The story continues in 1 Kings chapter 19, but this is the passage I think about. Elijah was waiting for the Lord. He was not deceived by the wind, earthquake, or fire.
There have been a lot of proverbial earthquakes, winds, and fires lately. It seems that we can't take a breath without some commentator extolling the virtue or condemning the vice of (insert your own trending news story here). We are inundated with what courage is supposed to look like, how families are supposed to behave, what symbols are good, what laws are just, what freedoms are in danger, the books we ought to read, the sins we ought to shun, how gender is supposed to function, why the poor deserved to be shamed, and the science that must be ignored.
I stopped listening to the voices clamoring for the spotlight and listened to the voice that matters most. I didn't need the shouting heads to teach me that all life is worthy of love, that compassion and mercy should always trump the demands of justice, and that my neighbors are my family.
It turns out that being a friend is fun. Also, sometimes I get treats.