But the woman conceived and bore a son when the appointed time had come, of which Elisha had told her. And the child grew. Now it happened one day that he went out to his father, to the reapers. And he said to his father, may head, my head! So he said to a servant, carry him to his mother.
When he had taken him and brought him to his mother, he sat on her knees till noon and then died. And she went up and laid him on the bed of the man of God, shut the door upon him and went out. Then she called to her husband and said, please send me one of the young men and one of the donkeys that I may run to the man of God and come back. So he said, why are you going to him today? It is neither the New Moon nor the Sabbath.
And she said, it is well. Then she saddled a donkey and said to her servant, drive and go forward, do not slacken the pace for me unless I tell you. And so she departed and went to the man of God at Mount Carmel.
So it was, when the man of God saw her afar off, that he said to his servant Gehazi, look, the shunammite woman! Please, run now to meet her and say to her, is it well with you? Is it well with your husband? Is it well with the child? And she answered, it is well. Now when she came to the man of God at the hill, she caught him by the feet, but Gehazi came near to push her away. But the man of God said, let her alone, for her soul is in deep distress and the Lord has hidden it from me and has not told me.
So she said, did I ask a son of my lord? Did I say, do not deceive me? Then he said to Gehazi, go yourself and take my staff in your hand and be on your way. If you meet anyone, do not greet him and if anyone greets you, do not answer him, but lay my staff on the face of the child.And the mother of the child said, as the Lord lives and as your soul lives, I will not leave you. So he arose and followed her. Now Gehazi went on ahead of them and laid the staff on the face of the child, but there was neither voice nor hearing. Therefore he went back to meet him and told him, saying, the child has not awakened.
When Elisha came into the house, there was the child, lying dead on his bed. He went in therefore, shut the door behind the two of them and prayed to the Lord. And he went up and lay on the child and put his mouth on his mouth, his eyes on his eyes and his hands on his hands and he stretched himself out on the child and the flesh of the child became warm. He returned and walked back and forth in the house and again went up and stretched himself out on him.
Then the child sneezed seven times and the child opened his eyes. And he called Gehazi and said, call the Shunammite woman. So he called her and when she came in to him, he said, pick up your son. So she went in, fell at his feet and bowed to the ground, then she picked up her son and went out – 2 Kings 4 : 17 – 37.
The father of the child could not leave whatever he was doing. He could not value the child’s life more than whatever he was harvesting. He could not take his responsibility as the father of the house. All he has to do was to pass his responsibility to his wife. Yes, we can share our responsibility with our spouse but there are some responsibility and situations in which immediate action needs to be taken. What of if as the servant was taking the child to the mother and he died on the way?
The level of faith the woman displayed was the type that can easily move mountain without delay. Her child died in her hands and instead of her to start crying she opted for a solution because she knew the source of the blessing and all she has to do was to go to the source. She could not tell her husband because if she has told her husband, she would have been discouraged and the problem would have increased more than expected. Getting to the source, the trials continued but she was very careful with her words because the bible says that, ”Death and life are in the power of the tongue” – Proverbs 18 : 21.
When she able to speak with Elisha, which was the source of the blessing, she has to pour her heart to the man of God. Still another trial, Elisha sent his servant to go with her but she refuse to follow Gehazi because she don’t want to settle down for any little blessing, because it is no time to play games, because there is no time to waste, because she knew what she wanted and because she knew that the power of God is capable of bringing back her son to life since it was the same power that brought him to her.
The moral significance:
We should be very conscious of our responsibility to take it at the right time no matter the diversion that might be confronting us; To always remember to go to the source of solution to any problem that confronts us instead of spreading or exposing the problem to whom might not be of help; To be careful of what we say with our tongue because whatever we say we surely come to pass because of the great power God has anointed us with; We should try not to always settle down for small or little blessings because our God is a very Big God who is always by our side and He is ready to give us big miracle because in Christianity, there is nothing like luck but rather we live by His grace so we should dream big.
Father, who is like You? There is no one. I appreciate You for being the Lord of our lives. Help us to always remember that You are the source of every blessing we receive so that we should always come to You anytime we are passing through trials. Give us the grace to use our tongue to declare positive always over every situation so that at the end the glory and honor will be given to You in the name of Jesus Christ.