While looking for the passage of scripture about being surrounded, that my last blog was about, I came across something that I believe the Lord wanted to “leap” out at me.
|¶ And the sons of the prophets said unto Elisha, Behold now, the place where we dwell with thee is too strait for us.|
|2 Let us go, we pray thee, unto Jordan, and take thence every man a beam, and let us make us a place there, where we may dwell. And he answered, Go ye.|
|3 ¶ And one said, Be content, I pray thee, and go with thy servants. And he answered, I will go.|
|4 So he went with them. And when they came to Jordan, they cut down wood.|
|5 But as one was felling a beam, the axe head fell into the water: and he cried, and said, Alas, master! for it was borrowed.|
|6 ¶ And the man of God said, Where fell it? And he shewed him the place. And he cut down a stick, and cast it in thither; and the iron did swim.|
|2 Kings 4|
That axe head “leaped” back out to him!
The iron did swim.
I’ve heard so much about the magnitude of what happened here by God’s Glory, but in particular-
The fact that the weight of iron makes it impossible for it to swim. It’s supposed to sink.
But what “leaped” out at me, was exactly what I needed.
That description, son of the Prophets, that’s important, because this wasn’t an every day, irresponsible Joe who just happened to lose an axe head.
He was helping to build the Kingdom of God.
He was being mentored by Elisha, and other Prophets of God,
and, what he was using to build with, the axe, was borrowed.
I don’t know about you, but building the Kingdom isn’t easy all the time.
Not only can your axe become dull, but like this young man, I felt like I had lost my edge completely.
I know that frantic feeling….
“that’s not mine to lose.”
I’ve let someone down. I’ve let God down.
It would be one thing, if we were owners of the tools God has given us, but as i’ve written before, we are just the overseers of the gifts He’s given.
It’s a big deal to lose something, that ultimately belongs to another.
But notice the response of Elisha…. (who gave the Word from God.
In other Words, he relayed what God felt or what He wanted to do about the matter.
Where did “it” fall? He asked.
What was “it”?
The Axe head, the sharpness, or effectiveness of the tool.
So, God began to ask me, as He knew my hearts ponder, about the feeling of failure…
“Where did you lose it, Chelsea?”-
That edge that you had when you started to help in building my Kingdom?
I couldn’t really say at the time.
But the Praise God in all of this,
The Hope, that the Axe Head swam back!
Elisha, by the Power of God, overcame the son of the Prophets failure,
and Hebrews 1 says;
|¶ God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets,|
|2 Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds;|
Greater than any Prophet has come, to help us find what we may have lost.
failure, loss; MEET JESUS.
I pray for you today, my friend, if you feel like you’ve lost your edge.
Whatever the failure or loss, it’s no match to your Savior, who knows where EVERYTHING is located,
(He just wants you and I to know as well)
and, He CAN MAKE IT SWIM AGAIN!