We all had childhood dreams and fantasies most of which are lying somewhere dead and buried. We no longer talk about them and sometimes a reminder of those dreams pricks a wound we would rather forget. This is because the winds of life blew into a different direction. Some are prayers we used to have but the hope of getting an answer got dashed and we have since moved on. The scriptural account of the Shunnamite woman is a good example. She was a well to do woman enjoying life with her husband and appeared comfortable despite the fact that she was childless. Deep within her and ravaging her with regrets was her inability to conceive and have a child. Maybe prayers that marked a long chapter in her life that had since being forgotten. Maybe prophecies from several men of God that had ended up disappointing. She had moved on and accepted her fate whatever direction the winds of life were blowing. When Prophet Elisha brought about the topic of a baby, it was like a knife cutting an old wound. She retorted calling the prophet a liar who all he wanted was to raise her hopes. She lied to herself that she was comfortable the way she was. What area have you given up hoping in life? What pain are you trying to be comfortable with? What topic is a part of your past and it disturbs you talking about it? We serve a God who raises the hope of his own! He not only raised the hope of the Shunammite woman but actually gave her a son. With God, you cannot afford to give up. We may forget but He does not and at his time, he will do exceedingly abundantly above and beyond what we ask!
“Then he said, “About this time next year you shall embrace a son.” And she said, “No, my lord. Man of God, do not lie to your maidservant!” 2 Kings 4:16 NKJV
Last modified: June 19, 2020