A Still Small Voice

I have been interested in politics as far back as I can remember and followed the 1952 Republican Convention that nominated Dwight Eisenhower for President.  I have watched each Convention since.  But, like many, I grow weary of all the raucous voices that seem non-stop and are only amplified in an election year.

In this season I sometimes think of a story out of the life of the celebrated conductor, Sir Michael Costa (1808-1884).  Costa was born in Naples, Italy but found most of his fame in England.  He was also a composer.

One day during a rehearsal involving hundreds of voices in the choir and brass and winds and strings in the orchestra, the piccolo player, apparently feeling his small instrument would not be missed, simply stopped playing.  Instantly Costa’s arms went up and the music stopped.  Sir Michael asked, “Where is the piccolo?”   The master conductor had missed the little instrument.

The Master Conductor of the Universe hears every voice and I rather think He most clearly hears the quiet voice rising above the din.  I Kings 19:11-12 reads, “The Lord passed by, and a great and strong wind tore into the mountains and broke the rocks in pieces 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 a still small voice.”  God sometimes speaks in a whisper as He pursues His People.  Do we hear Him in the midst of all the noise and answer with a soft voice?  That is a refreshing idea in an angry nation, is it not?


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