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Topic: Shhh. (02/18/10)
- TITLE: the old man and his mountain
By Jim McWhinnie
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“Where had they gone, the faithful ones?” For the old man, this question now tormented even his sleepless nights. “Where had they all gone? Where had they all gone?”
He had no other choice. He must abandon the city and flee to the distant hills. There, he could escape this horror. There, he could search for that God who had first called him, empowered him, guided him – but, as of late, had feared had also abandoned him.
His flight through the wilderness was one filled with the desperation fo the fugitive. Thirst, hunger, fear, but the worst of it was the shame. The days of running and the miles those days accomplished, left behind the threats of a savage and godless enemy. But the feelings of utter failure, they followed him like wolves stalk their wounded prey.
Finally the old man reached the mountains and then he reached that one mountain, the mountain where he had met his God. There, he waited. There, he prayed. There, his soul struggled to endure.
The winds rose in rages of thundering storm. The old man stared into the storm, but his God was not there.
The earth quaked in waves of anxious uncertainty. The old man cried into the quake, but his God was not there.
Into the lightning, into the thunder, into the wind and into the mighty roar, the old man screamed for his God to make himself known. But his God was not there.
Then as the storm passed and as the earth quieted and as the silence returned to the mountain, the old man’s soul settled into the softness of life. And in that hush, the old man could hear the whisper, “Shhh!” The old man listened and then he listened even more. “Shhh, Elijah. Listen to me and listen to no other voice. Shhh, Elijah. Now, why are you here?”
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