Read this moving, true story from God’s Word with great imagination and concentration!
II Kings Chapter 4: 8 – 17
8 One day Elisha went to Shunem. And a well-to-do woman was there, who urged him to stay for a meal. So whenever he came by, he stopped there to eat. 9 She said to her husband, “I know that this man who often comes our way is a holy man of God. 10 Let’s make a small room on the roof and put in it a bed and a table, a chair and a lamp for him. Then he can stay there whenever he comes to us.”
11 One day when Elisha came, he went up to his room and lay down there. 12 He said to his servant Gehazi, “Call the Shunammite.” So he called her, and she stood before him. 13 Elisha said to him, “Tell her, ‘You have gone to all this trouble for us. Now what can be done for you? Can we speak on your behalf to the king or the commander of the army?’”
She replied, “I have a home among my own people.”
14 “What can be done for her?” Elisha asked.
Gehazi said, “She has no son, and her husband is old.”
15 Then Elisha said, “Call her.” So he called her, and she stood in the doorway. 16 “About this time next year,” Elisha said, “you will hold a son in your arms.”
“No, my lord!” she objected. “Please, man of God, don’t mislead your servant!”
17 But the woman became pregnant, and the next year about that same time she gave birth to a son, just as Elisha had told her.
When I read stories from the Bible the whole scene is played out in my mind, I get goose bumps, and when I read, “you will hold a son in your arms” I gasped, hands over my mouth and tears in my eyes. My dearest, kindred soul of a friend Karen and I were talking about this passage. She had just been to a study on this book of the Bible and we had church together.
Have you ever wanted something so bad you tucked it away because it was just too hard to bring up again. You’ve been desperately praying over it, for it, and seeking God. I imagine this man of God, Elisha, wanting so much to thank her for room and board, he is willing to give her a deep desire. He almost senses there is a desire she’s not sharing. Think about it. She was well off, married an older man, tooling along in life among her people, but something was missing that nagged at her. We all have that “something”. Metaphorically, think about holding a precious baby in your arms. Oh gosh! It’s like this unbelievable moment, even if it’s not your child. It’s a miracle nestled in your arms. A miracle IN your arms, under your care. What miracle do you want to hold in your arms, your life?
The fact he was just casually standing in the doorway and probing and insisting – “What is it?” makes me smile in wonderment. We are always so anxious about things. God is not. His servant answers for her. That reminds me of good friends being led by the Spirit to speak truth and promises into your life. Glory! Think of those times and shout! Seriously! Think on it!
In that moment of his declaration of you will hold a son in your arms is more than she can bear! NO! Do not even speak it, if it will not come to be! I can’t bear talking about it any longer unless I can know you will deliver! Don’t deceive me! Don’t mislead me!
Remember a previous post on synchronicities? It was from the Circle Maker, in which we learned that each moment, day, event, circumstance are connecting the dots to a bigger plan for you. If we are seeking God and praying circles be very mindful of the connections and moments that cause you to say – “Don’t mislead me!”
Right after a reader, Melinda, read that post she was out-of-town and literally saw an art gallery called Synchronicity! She texted me not only the sign, but also the beautiful sunset on her trip away with her husband. You might say, “Okay, no biggie.” It’s a big deal to me and I believe for her. If you are studying God’s Word, praying, and seeking and you see confirmation along the way of truth and emphasis on a promise you shout for JOY – my Melinda calls that “glory aches”.
I want to be like this woman going about my day and taking care of Jesus’ business, and expecting for synchronicity and glory aches to happen! I want to be so overwhelmed with a promise from God that my first response is – “Oh God! Don’t deceive me!”
It’s fascinating when you look up the word synchronicity. Jung studied this effect in a form of science which folks disputed. I laughed and said to myself, “Oh ignorant scholars! God is the maker of moments and the Holy Spirit is your search for synchronicity! No such thing as coincidence, only God moments working together to connect the dots to a glorious, wonderful – GLORY ACHE!
Oh wonderful reader (yes, i’m teary eyed praying for us) – Can you promise me that you will begin to seek Him and see these moments, these precious times, and pray circles around them? God is a big God who will make His presence known in your life. Grab it and ache for Him! When they happen, share those moments with us if you feel like you can!
P.S. I was just about to hit publish when I got a text. Another connection. My dear friend has just experienced a significant loss. She says, “I didn’t realize how hard it would be.” Although I can’t be with her, her tears of loss are in my prayers, and I pray deeply for God to restore what was lost and place in her arms a miracle beyond her comprehension. God in your power comfort her.