Opened To Blessings
Today is a Sunday and I had a wonderful service at church and I want to share with you all. Don't skip reading just because you saw church and you've decided you want nothing to do with church or religion as a whole. Church is a good place to be, but whiles you aren't in heaven and you live with human beings, you shouldn't expect it to be perfect. Yes it is the house of God, and no, it's not run by God. Since we are all humans and can make mistakes, let's agree to disagree so I can continue with my post.
2 Kings 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.
The above was the text for today. The story is about a Shunnamite woman. The Bible says this woman was well to do, rich, wealthy and lacked nothing. If the Bible calls someone rich, means they had really were rich, even more than the average rich man today. She saw Elisha and she perceived that Elisha was hungry and so urged him to come into her home for a meal.
How many of us willingly see people in need, and we can help them out and go ahead to help them? Elisha didn't beg her for help or even ask her, but she went out of her way to help him. She was rich and didn't need to do any favors to anyone because there was nothing she wanted from anyone. She could have chosen to be rich and proud but she wasn't.
She was humble, saw someone and decided to offer her help even though it hadn't been requested. She believed Elisha to be a holy man of God and discussed with her husband so they could have a room for Elisha. They made the room for Elisha and anytime he came to pass by and he was tired, he will go there and lay down. She did it out of the goodness of her heart because she believed in doing good and being blessed for it.
She had closed her mind to the idea of having her own kid but because of her generosity, her mind was opened to possibilities. Elisha wanted to give her something, but she required nothing she knew of. Gehazi however realized he's never seen a kid in the house, so suggested a son could be the best thing to give her. Her husband was old, making this almost impossible.
Elisha told her she would have a son a year from then and she even doubted. She was good to Elisha not because she wanted a child but just because she was opened to blessings. A year from then, she gave birth to a son just as Elisha has said will happen. Whenever you have an opportunity to do good to someone, especially to someone who can't payback, do it. You never know what might come from it.