I agree with this idea; the idea that meaning comes to us as we are able to truly define “who we are”. I would go further and say it’s not simply “who we are”, but it’s who we have been created to become.
I was reading a Bible story today about Elijah, and it’s the story of him taking on the Prophets of Baal on top of Mount Carmel. What stands out to me is the mighty work Elijah was able to do as he “represented God” before the prophets, before the King and before the people. He was fighting the fight, he was taking a stand, and he found favor with God. God showed up in a powerful way and brought fire and rain.
The story continues in 1 Kings 19 and Elijah goes from being on this mountaintop to a point of desperation,where he’s asking God to take his life. God responds by providing food, rest, protection, and then God show’s up to Elijah in a “whisper”. He doesn’t show up in the wind, the earthquake or the fire, but in a soft whisper, and Elijah is then reminded of who God is, what He’s promised to do, how He’s watched over Elijah. He’s then able to go on.
This is a pretty bad paraphrase of this story. You can read the whole thing in 1 Kings 18 & 19.
Here’s the reminder…
It doesn’t matter what we DO for God. What happens on the mountaintop isn’t that important in the grand view of life. What matters is that we’re able to recognize God’s voice in our lives, at times a whisper, and we remember what our most important relationship is all about.
In Matthew 22 we’re told to “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”
We’re called FIRST to Love Him. Then we’re called to Love Others.
We’re called FIRST to focus on Who We Are. Then we’re told to focus on What We Do.
We’re called FIRST to BE. Then to DO.
Have you forgotten this today?
Look at all the incredible things you’re able to do with your life. Look at the great accomplishments. Is this enough? You will continue to search, continue to do bigger and better things, and sometimes you’re looking for God in all of these things.
God is standing at the mouth of the cave, and He’s whispering…. He’s calling you… He’s providing for you… He’s watching over you… He longs to meet you there.