So He said, “Go forth and stand on the mountain before the LORD ” And behold, the LORD was passing by! And a great and strong wind was rending the mountains and breaking in pieces the rocks before the LORD; but the LORD was not in the wind. And after the wind an earthquake, but the LORD was not in the earthquake.
After the earthquake a fire, but the LORD was not in the fire; and after the fire a sound of a gentle blowing.
When Elijah heard it, he wrapped his face in his mantle and went out and stood in the entrance of the cave And behold, a voice came to him and said, “What are you doing here, Elijah?”
The first time the Lord asked him “What are you doing here, Elijah?” scripture doesn’t indicate that Elijah put the mantle over his head.
The first time he heard the Lord ask him “What are you doing here?” Elijah was in a cave, but it was possible the Angel of the Lord instructed him where to go, because he was content to be under the Juniper Tree. The second time he heard the Lord ask him what he was doing there, he was in a mountain, at the instruction of the Lord.
I believe that both times it was the Lord who sent Elijah but Elijah’s eyes were not focused upon this fact, nor were his ears in tune to what the Lord was saying.
The second time Elijah approached the Lord, he wrapped his face in his mantle and went out to meet the Lord, but heard once again “What are you doing here, Elijah?”
The Lord knows where we are and why. He leads us and guides us. He directs our paths, even when we aren’t paying attention. What He wants is our awareness.
“What are you doing here? Yes I know I led you here but why? Tell me Darlene. What are you doing here?”
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