Today’s Reminder – God Was Not in the Earthquake … or the Tornado

The Lord said, “Go out and stand on the mountain in the presence of the Lord, for the Lord is about to pass by.”

Then a great and powerful wind tore the mountains apart and shattered the rocks before 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 came a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire. And after the fire came a gentle whisper. When Elijah heard it, he pulled his cloak over his face and went out and stood at the mouth of the cave… ~ 1 Kings 19:11-13

God not in the EarthquakeThis really struck me when I first read it.  Maybe we have it all wrong when we refer to events such as hurricanes, earthquakes, and fires as “acts of God.”

In this story about the prophet Elijah, God wasn’t in the wind that came first.  He wasn’t in the earthquake that followed.  And He wasn’t in the fire after that.

What God was in was the “gentle whisper.”

With the recent tragedy in Nashville, Tennessee, it’s important to remember that God was not in the tornadoes.  He is in the spirit of the resilient community that steps up to help their neighbors and the people they don’t know.   He is in the compassion shown by people from miles away that have no connection to Nashville but want to step up and help.

Pray for Nashville, Tennessee today and look for ways to help after the tornadoes. Numerous ways to help the Nashville community after the devastating tornadoes are listed here on this local news website.

 

A Look at the 4 Kindle eReaders including the Fire

Everyone expected news about the Kindle Fire tablet, but Amazon surprised (and dazzled) ereader fans with three new Kindles on September 28, 2011.

 

4 KindlesSeptember, 2011 has been a big month for Kindle users. First, Amazon Local (which offers Groupon style local shopping deals) became a Kindle feature. Kindle users can finally check out library books and read the ebooks on their Kindles. Finally, Amazon splashed new excitement into the digital media world on September 28, 2011 with the long-awaited Kindle tablet, which Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos says, “brings together all of the things we’ve been working on at Amazon for over 15 years into a single, fully-integrated service for customers.”