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Shades of Elijah.... ( See 1Kings 19:11-13)

It has been interesting these last few days in Iguazu reflecting on where and when I've sensed God....

The evening of the day of my arrival (Friday 6th) I took full advantage of staying within the National Park (in a beautiful Portugese style Parador) and ventured to see the waterfalls before sunset.
Much to my amazement, I had the vast water complex to myself, witnessing the tonnes of water crashing down the sheer drop with great gusto, the volume of water booming and resonating throughout the rainforest....

But God wasn't initially evident to me in the mighty waters of the Iguazu....

Journeying back the mile and a half walk to the hotel, a tropical storm began to build up at the end of a very hot, steamy day.
By the time I got to the hotel's balcony I could sit and watch this 'brewing' cacophany of thunder and lightening: vivid forks of electric flashes turning pitch black night to daylight and sudden, singular claps of thunder making me shudder to the core...

But, strangely, I wasn't particularly conscious of God's presence in this tremendous tropical storm...

Yes, I'm aware that God was present in the midst of both these powerful natural phenomena but, for me that night, God was particularly real in the silent "core" that exists beyond time and space; the very "being" that is God...
God the great and mysterious "I am", latent with potential that transcends our existence and invites us to pause and discover the unique "peace" which is God - God beyond the 'waterfalls' that crash down upon us and separate from the 'storms' of daily life with all kinds of things to unsettle and distract us....

God still...
Still God, full of hopeand abounding in peace...
Peace at the core of being inviting you to recognise God's presence and peace with us as we journey on...

What a gift!

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