the Unknowns

In 2 Kings 4 Elisha finds sweet hospitality from widow. When he asks what he can do to return the favor, she tells him of a friend who longs for a son. He boldly prophesies, she will have a son next year. Sure enough, it happened. But sometime after the boy passed away. When the news reached Elisha he sent his assistant. Yet the boy didn’t budge. So Elisha returned to the house and this is what he did…

“When Elisha reached the house, there was the boy lying dead on his couch. 33 He went in, shut the door on the two of them and prayed to the LORD. 34 Then he got on the bed and lay on the boy, mouth to mouth, eyes to eyes, hands to hands. As he stretched himself out on him, the boy’s body grew warm. 35 Elisha turned away and walked back and forth in the room and then got on the bed and stretched out on him once more. The boy sneezed seven times and opened his eyes.” 2 Kings 4:32-35

Awesome you think. Anna where are you going with this bazarre story?

Well this week I was faced with some unknowns, some potential anxiety you could say. I was writing in my journal and then I just felt like I should put my journal on the floor and lay on it.

“If then you have been raised up with Christ, keep seeking these things above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God.” Colossians 3:1

Laying on my journal may seem like some weird intercessor thing to do. Maybe it is. The point is that all these “unknowns” are underneath us. It was a physical act to remind me of my spiritual status.

I don’t know about you but I don’t wanna sit in economy if I have a first class ticket.

May I remind you today that the unknowns that seem above are heads are actually underneath our feet.

By the way, one by one the “unknowns” have unfolded, and I know see how worthless worry really would have been.

being still…

this morning i met a young mom with 3 little ones. i said well your life must be busy. she said i like to say, i’m engaged. she went on to explain that she didn’t like the bad connotations of busyness and preferred the happier thought that came with being engaged.

fair enough.

i would describe my life right now as full. i am abundantly blessed with two jobs and ministry training/opportunities.

i have somewhere to be by or before 8:30 AM, 7 days a week. with this schedule i try to carve out saturday afternoons as “Jesus time.”

today this led me to an elisabeth elliot devotional on stillness.

she quoted her late husband jim elliot-

“Wherever you are, be all there. Live to the hilt every situation you believe to be the will of God.”

so today i feel challenged to “be still” and wait upon the only One who truly holds the authority to define and fill me. the One who knew me before the foundations of the earth. the One who poured out His own precious blood that i may experience freedom and forgiveness. the One who can see hope in any circumstances.

whether your life is full, engaged, busy, whatever, i pray that you soon would take the time to rest in the stillness of the Almighty.