by Cathy Baker

One of my favorite accounts in the Bible is found in 1 Kings 19. 

A discouraged Elijah flees to the wilderness despite the fact God had just used him to silence the lies of Baal in a magnificent display of Yahweh’s power. One would think after such a victory he’d be dancing like David before the LORD but instead he flees under threat to the wilderness, overcome by discouragement.

Along the way, God cares for him in seemingly small ways but through each one, especially the last one, he restores Elijah in a beautiful way. 

Let’s see. 

  • He prayed for God to kill him but he was one of the few men who never actually died.  
  • God provided for His physical needs, and then his emotional ones. 
  • God provided a broom tree for Elijah to rest under.
  • God allowed Elijah to fully voice his frustrations.
  • Then, God graciously reveals Himself to Elijah. As he stood at the cleft of a cliff, He sent wind, an earthquake and fire, but it was in a still small voice (a gentle whisper, if you will) that Elijah sensed God’s presence and was awe-struck.

Initially, the theme for March’s series was going to be wind. After all, it goes hand-in-hand with the month. But then, 1 Kings 19:1-21 reminded me how often it’s the scent of subtle, quiet “whispers” that take place in our lives that produce our most powerful moments in life. 

So, I hope you’ll make plans to join me on this journey. I plan to post twice a week, beginning Monday, March 2, for this series and would love for you to share your own “whispers” along the way. And did I mention a very sweet giveaway at the end of the month? Oh yes.

And after the earthquake a fire, but the LORD was not in the fire. And after the fire the sound of a low whisper. 1 Kings 19:12 ESV