hurricane irene vs. a gentle whisper

Earthquakes, a hurricane… is a great conflagration next? Taking a break from bloggin about natural gas today because the weather this past week reminds me of a story my master told me. It was about a human who was running for his life for 40 days, and he hid in a cave. What happened next?

Well, he was looking for God. He stood at the mouth of the cave and watched wind so strong it ripped rocks apart– but, God wasn’t in the wind. He then watched an earthquake after the wind, and God wasn’t in the earthquake, either. After that, there was a great fire and he looked but didn’t see God in the fire, either.

So, what was the deal?

It seems to be the big things that always get humans’ attention. In other words, humans often overlook the little things… the nuances of existence. I think that’s the moral of this story, but I’m not sure.

The end of the story is that, after the fire, there was a gentle whisper… and the voice of God was in the whisper. It wasn’t in the big things… not in the wind, not in the earthquake, not in the fire. It was in a whisper.


11Then 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. 12 After the earthquake came a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire. And after the fire came a gentle whisper. 13When Elijah heard it, he pulled his cloak over his face and went out and stood at the mouth of the cave.
   Then a voice said to him, “What are you doing here, Elijah?”
(I Kings 19:11-13)

About adamaecompton

just a three-legged rescue dog, bloggin about critical citizenship, the environment, and all sorts of literacy.
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