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Life for a single parent can be overwhelming to say the least. With children, it also tends to be a little noisy and confusing at times. Have you ever just wanted to just sit down and make the world go away, even if it was just for a few seconds? Have you wondered if the Lord knows about your situation?

In First Kings, nineteenth chapter, Elijah was experiencing a time like this. When Elijah went to meet the Lord several things happened. “Then a great and powerful wind tore the mountains apart and shattered the rocks before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind. After the wind there was an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake. After the earthquake came a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire. And after the fire came a gentle whisper.” 1st Kings 19:11 – 12 The Lord spoke to Elijah in a gentle whisper.

Ever think the wind that shattered the rocks might be noise and confusion you are experiencing? Or the earthquake could be busy overactive appointment driven lives. And the fire is the tension and stress in your life today.

God wasn’t in any of the big things that happened on the mountain that day. No, God spoke to Elijah in a gentle whisper and in the calm and quiet time. God might want to speak with you in this manner too. He might want you to pull into yourself and get away from the noise, confusion, busy and stress filled lives. Verse 13 “When Elijah heard it, he pulled his cloak over his face and went out and stood at the mouth of the cave.” That is when God spoke to him and that is when Elijah listened.

We have a responsibility to ourselves, our children and to God to pull into ourselves and away from the world. Accept the calmness and peace that surely accompanied that gentle whisper. Just think, the God that created the world and has power and might speaking in a gentle whisper. That almost gives me chills when I think about the gentleness of God and His love for me.

“And after the fire came a gentle whisper.” Are you waiting for the gentle whisper or are you living in the fire, earthquake and the strong winds of your life?

Linda Ranson Jacobs of Healthy Loving Partnerships 4 and DC4K can be contacted at


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