“Then a very strong wind blew until it caused the mountains to fall apart and large rocks to break in front of the Lord. But the Lord was not in the wind. After the wind, there was an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake. After the earthquake, there was a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire. After the fire, there was a quiet, gentle sound.” – 1 Kings 19:11b-12
Dear Lord and Father of Mankind is another of my favourite hymns. It takes the form of a prayer. First, it asks God for forgiveness. Then it calls us to follow God. And then it asks for peace.
The fourth verse is particularly encouraging for me. Whilst asking for peace, it also seems to be calling us to show God’s way to others: “And let our ordered lives confess/The beauty of thy peace.” God does not just give us this peace; we are to share it. To let others know that we are all loved by God, and this is what can happen.
The final verse refers back to the verse at the top, 1 Kings 19:11b-12. This comes as Elijah is scared for his life, and has wandered to Mount Sinai. God then speaks to Elijah, telling him He is going to pass by. And through all the earthquake, the wind, and the fire, whilst God is there, He is not in them. Instead He is in the still small voice.
This gives me a lot of hope. Through everything that is going on, through all the chaos and uncertainty, God is there. He is not necessarily in the chaos and uncertainty, but in the peace. And whilst we may not be able to discern Him, He still remains faithful to us.
And as with In Christ Alone, a beautiful tune is another reason why this hymn is one of my favourites.