After the Zone

1 Kings 19:12-13a
“And after the earthquake a fire,
but the Lord was not in the fire.
And after the fire the sound of a
low whisper. And when Elijah heard it…”
ESV

              “You know what the number one killer of soldiers is don’t you?”  Said a retired Lieutenant Colonel.

              “No.” I replied.

              “It’s the first week they get back home from a combat zone!  More soldiers die in accidents back at the home front after they’ve been in a combat zone.  They’ve been stressed and pushed emotionally, physically, and mentally to the max, and have performed under pressure.  But when they get back home, they’ve got nothing left.  It leaves them terribly vulnerable, inviting disaster in the safest of situations.”

              Read the story of Elijah in 1 Kings.  The guy is a spiritual-Rambo, but after the battle, in chapter nineteen, you see just how vulnerable he is.  He does what a lot of us do spiritually when he’s completely drained… he seeks what the mystics call, ‘a geographical solution’.  Running from our problems and hurt can help us gain clarity, but at the end of the day, it’s got to be right on the inside.  We all know you can be at a paradise, but if you’re in a living hell emotionally/spiritually, you don’t have the capacity to enjoy it.  The flipside, is like the Apostle Paul penning the letter to the Philippians, sitting in a prison, having joy unspeakable, even being knee deep in sewage, because it was right on the inside.  Not because he was spiritual-Rambo, but because God the Father was his sustaining him.

              What is the solution in and after the combat zone?  The whisper.  That still small voice of God whispering peace to a heart that has undergone the trauma of life on this planet.  We all need it.  As parents we do it with our children to calm them.  God is our parent, same solution.

By Aaron F. Jeffers

 

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