2Kings 4:8-36, “30 But the child’s mother said, “As surely as the LORD lives and as you live, I will not leave you.” So he got up and followed her”
There is a song by Jim Reeves I loved to listen to in my teenage years with this line in the chorus, “It is no secret what God can do, What he has done for others, He’ll do for you…”. While there is such great truths in this line, there is a piece I would add if I had a chance to, “…but you need to know what others have done to be blessed and you do the same to be blessed”. I think it is easy to want what others have without desiring to labor like the way they did to have what they have. It was a great pianist who played a master piece and someone came to him afterwards and said, “I would give everything to play like you”, to which the pianist responded, “I have given everything to play like me”.
One of the most fascinating stories I cherish in the bible is the story of the Shunammite woman. We may love the story and the outcome, but would we want the process like she did? We all love results, the question is, would we want to endure the process? I am the first to admit that while I hate processes, I sure love outcomes.
If you know this story, you recall she had a child out of a promise from Elisha due to the kindness she showed Elisha and his servant. Then something happened, Vs. “18 And the child grew. Now it happened one day that he went out to his father, to the reapers. 19 And he said to his father, “My head, my head!”. Everything looked perfect from the time he was a baby until now. Even though we are not told of his age, I would speculate that he was a teenager for he appears to be old enough to go to the field with his father to the reapers. He is also old enough to say what is troubling him. On this day, he cried “my head” and his father had one of his servants do something, “…So he said to a servant, “Carry him to his mother.” From the past experience, maybe the husband knew his wife well enough to know what to do.
Vs. “20 When he had taken him and brought him to his mother, he sat on her knees till noon, and then died”. Out of her great affection, she took him on her knees, and laid his head in her bosom to sooth the pain, and in this posture he continued until the middle of the day before he passed. All the mother’s tenderness could not keep alive a child of promise. I think this is where many parents especially the mothers are. The children they hoped for, labored to show love and tender care, battled and provided for all of a sudden is (are) dead (spiritually) on their laps and they do not know what else to do. She hoped someone would give her answers, however she discovered she was left to figure things out. If anything, they always expected her to have answers. She was the one considered the woman of faith.
From this story and many others in the bible, there is something about a mother’s love that is unique. Being a mother is a very important role that the Lord chooses to give to many women. A Christian mother is told to love her children (Titus 2:4-5), in part so that she does not bring reproach on the Lord and on the Savior whose name she bears. Mothers have a unique and crucial role in the lives of their children because of their intuition, strength, persistence etc. Many times you hear about a persistent praying mother or praying grandmother. We will see these qualities in the Shunammite woman in our next devotional. Blessings Ev