The Lord said, “Go out and stand on the mountain in the presence of the Lord, for the Lord is about to pass by.” 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.
(1 Kings 19:11, 12 NIV)

Some people may wait for God to appear in a dramatic way but his voice is usually very subtle and easily missed if our ears are not listening for him. In this Biblical passage Elijah the prophet did not hear God’s voice in the violent wind, earthquake or fire but in a gentle whisper. We may have to pass through some of life’s natural disasters but God brings us up to his mountain of protection. Instead of fearing life’s uncontrollable circumstances listen for the gentle mountain whisper of God’s instruction that encourages us in the midst of the chaos.