About Our Name

Whispering Cove

Our name, Whispering Cove, comes from an event in the life of the prophet Elijah found in 1 Kings 18-19. He was called by God to challenge the prophets of Baal in a contest to show that God alone was the true God of Israel. The prophets of Baal built their altar and for three days offered their sacrifices; yelling, screaming, and cutting themselves in order to entice Baal to come down and burn their sacrifices. But nothing happened.

Then Elijah built his altar and poured gallons of water over both altars. After he offered a simple prayer, God sent fire that incinerated the altars. Elijah also killed the prophets of Baal. The God of Israel proved that He was the one true God.

Jezebel, the Queen of Israel and a follower of Baal, was enraged at Elijah for the death of the prophets of Baal, so she threatened to kill Elijah.

Elijah ran for his life into the wilderness. He had lost his vision and focus. Overcome with self-pity, he became depressed and cursed the day he was born. But God still met him in three different ways.

These three ways are central to the vision of Whispering Cove. First, God put Elijah to sleep and gave him rest. Second, He fed Elijah and nourished him. Thirdly, God directed Elijah to a cave on Mt. Horeb where He gently whispered to his heart.

While Elijah was in the cave, God sent a great wind, but God was not in the wind. Then God sent a fire that came to the mouth of the cave, but God was not in the fire. Next God sent an earthquake, but God was not in the earthquake. Finally, God gently whispered. Elijah heard God, stepped out of the cave, and listened as God encouraged him, challenged him, and sent him back to minister to Israel.

We named the retreat Whispering Cove because we believe that God’s gentle whisper of truth to those wounded places in our hearts will bring healing and restoration to our lives. Whispering Cove’s two week program is a safe place where you can begin to hear from God once again and experience healing in the tranquility of His creation.