I had a professor, in graduate school, that not only took the role for every class he never raised his voice. I'm not sure how the people in the back row heard him. I know I had to pay very close attention and I sat in the front row! (Yes, I had my needlework with me but by graduate school everyone was used to it!) It does raise the question though about the volume needed to get, and keep, our attention.
Today's reading, 1 Kings 19, Elijah has fled to God's mountain after being very busy against the gods of the people around him, fleeing for his life and traveling for 40 days/nights. He is tired! Then there is wind, and earthquake and fire. When does Elijah hear God -- in the q-u-i-e-t. God has provided rest, in the desert, and food for the journey (vs 6 & 7). Now God speaks, once before (vs 9), and once after (vs 13) asking "what are you doing here?" To which Elijah points out how tired he is - understandable! He also realizes, I think, God's presence with him through everything - through fighting other gods, winds, earthquakes, fire, journeys and maybe even facing a few "giants."
So....... How has God been trying to get your attention? There have been, and continue to be, a lot of storms happening around us. Have you heard/seen God? We have faced many 'giants' - phone calls, trucks trying to pass, a difficult diagnosis, technology(!) - sometimes with someone and sometimes "alone". Have you heard/seen God? Elijah continued to follow where God was leading, doing what God asked. Are we?