“It’s just a wisp,” said Hattie as she and Beth headed home from town. With blue all around it, a tiny length of almost see-through ribbon flipped itself in one curl and struggled with the wind to stay available for Hattie’s thoughts.
Beth, who by this time knew her role in Hattie’s game of cloud Scriptures said, “What does a ribbon have to do with a Bible verse?” Then she added, “Maybe Rahab?”
“Well,” answered Hattie, “I wasn’t thinking of ribbon, but of small. It’s so small compared to the other clouds, it’s wide, but thin.” Then, she laughed, “O.K. Miss Elizabeth, can you guess what verse I’m thinking of with ‘small’?”
“It has to be the ‘still, small voice’.”
“Yes, of course. Let’s find it again in First Kings 19.” She pointed to her Bible on the seat next to Beth.
Beth found the page and read to herself at first. “It says that Elijah was very discouraged and depressed, but God provided rest and food for him in the wilderness. God told him to go to Mount Horeb.”
Beth started again, “Here’s what Chapter 19 says, starting with verse 11, ‘And, he (God) said go forth and stand upon the mount before the Lord. And, behold the Lord passed by, and a great and strong wind rent 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, …”
Hattie interrupted, “Sounds like the weather our country’s been having recently. I wonder if….oh well, read on.”
Beth continued, “‘…but the Lord was not in the fire; and after the fire a still small voice. And Elijah heard it, and wrapped his face in his mantle and went out and stood at the entrance of the cave. And behold, there came a voice to him and …’”
It seemed like both girls were interrupting each other because then Hattie broke in again, “You know what I hadn’t realized? God and Elijah were having a conversation. It continues for several verses, doesn’t it?” Hattie paused and was quiet for a moment. “Beth, have you ever had a conversation with God?”
“No, not like Elijah was having with God,” Beth answered, “but some people do, I’m sure. I think my friend Katie does. She said, the other day, that she was laughing with God.”
“Whoa, we’re getting way far away from this ribbon of a cloud wisp. But, I think we’re finding that small things count. We just have to stop our talking all the time and listen.”
Beth was the one who concluded the conversation, “Not only be quiet and listen, but this Scripture passage tells us a lot of other important things, too, like even the most prominent people of faith get discouraged and depressed. But, God provides; God controls the elements; God protects; and God has a plan.”
The rest of the ride home was very quiet.