Saturday, July 30, 2011

Whipsering with the Wind

Under a clear night sky, the Big Dipper is directly above me. It's a pretty fantastic view. The temperature is just good enough to relax outside, and the wind is blowing a gentle breeze that sounds the wind chimes so slightly. I have my comfortable sandals on too, if you care; the moving air feels really nice as it flows over and around my feet. There is something about the serenity of nature that provides relaxation and an opportunity for meditation.

I remember watching the movie The Interpreter (2005), a thriller about an United Nations interpreter and linguistic expert who incidentally overhears plans of an assassination plot. Stumbling upon this terrible conversation, she is captivated and listens very intensely because the plans are spoken in a barely audible whisper -- an important fact not lost among the scriptwriter. When she reveals the plot to authorities, she gets grilled pretty good; no one really believes her and there's scant evidence behind her claim. If audio samples of certain known terrorists are played to her, "Do you think you could identify the voice?" she is asked. The answer is, unfortunately, no. Being a linguistic expert, she knows that a whisper disguises the quality of a voice and there's no recognizable pitch. Everyone nearly sounds the same.

Of the many symbols of the Holy Spirit, I am fond of The Whisper:
"And behold, the LORD passed by, and a great and strong wind tore the mountains and broke 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. And after the earthquake a fire, but the LORD was not in the fire. And after the fire the sound of a low whisper" (1 Kings 19:11-13).
Have you thought about how intimate a whisper is? If the listener wants to hear, he must submit himself to silence. If the whisperer wants to be heard, he must be close enough to his listener when speaking. And with lowest of all whispers, the whisperer must put his mouth to his listener's ear. No one else gets to hear. No one else comes in-between.

What will God say to you in His whisper?

Start meditating on Psalm 46:10: "Be silent, and know that I am God." After that, the sky's the limit.