but the Lord was not in the violent wind–dVerse Quadrille

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Labeled for noncommercial reuse

but the Lord was not in the violent wind
1 Kings 19:11

whisper to me, gentle breeze
breath divine, speak love
heart me now, creative word
paint me strokes of wild color
float me high above fluffy clouds
wandering, wispy, wondering
where you hide
play me strings of harmony
lull me into grace,
oh, gentle breeze

Bjorn hosts Quadrille 10 this week at dVerse Poets’ Pub. The poem must be exactly 44 words and include the word “breeze.”

The title and poem is inspired by I Kings 19, 11-13. Elijah, seeking God on the mountain top finally finds him in a gentle breeze. Here’s the source quote:

Then the Lord said, “Go out and stand on the mountain top before the Lord; the Lord will pass by. There was a strong and violent wind rending the mountains–but the Lord was not in the wind; after the wind, an earthquake–but the Lord was not in the earthquake; after the earthquake, fire–but the Lord was not in the fire. After the fire, a light silent sound. When he heard this, Elijah hid his face in his cloak…”

18 thoughts on “but the Lord was not in the violent wind–dVerse Quadrille

  1. Kewrites says:

    very beautiful post,


  2. lynn__ says:

    A beautiful post, Victoria, celebrating the quietly powerful breath of God.


  3. 5h2o says:

    This is very beautiful, touching. You have captured something.


  4. kanzensakura says:

    This is just wonderful Victoria. Indeed, it is in the breeze we hear Him. I love this. This is one of my favorite stories


  5. othermary says:

    Yes, in the breeze. Beautiful exploration of the sublet, gentle aspect of God.


  6. Bryan Ens says:

    Wonderful poetic tribute to a wonderful God encounter. I love that story of Elijah…reminds us that, although God is certainly mighty, we should see him in the small and beautiful too!


  7. Grace says:

    A beautiful prayer to read this morning Victoria ~ Thank you ~


  8. Oh I do like this a lot… the verbs of course.. yes this a marvelous use of the breeze…


  9. Misky says:



  10. How one loves to be lulled into peaceful charms with the passing breeze. The gentle movements of trees outside provide the melodious whispers. Nicely Victoria!



  11. Simply lovely, gentle like the breeze. 😊


  12. Rosemary Nissen-Wade says:

    What a beautiful poem; it makes me yearn with you. And what a wise and wonderful Biblical verse.


  13. thotpurge says:

    A strong story that you’ve narrated with a gentle poem.. nicely done!!


  14. whimsygizmo says:

    YES. One of my favorite stories. That still small voice. LOVE this, Victoria.


  15. Mish says:

    I really like the alliteration of “wandering, wispy, wondering
    where you hide”…
    Yes, I believe He does speak in those gentle breezes.


  16. Charley says:

    A wonderful take on a marvelous revelatory passage! I’ve always been drawn to the image of God not living up to expectations, but passing all expectations. I hope it’s not presumptuous, but I thought I’d share a poem I did not long ago on the same passage.



  17. Beautiful, Victoria


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