Prayer: Dear God, help us to remember to not always ask for the obvious but rather, accepting whatever will be will be, look at the bigger picture and ask for what really matters most. Amen
Reading: 2 Kings 2: 1-2, 6-14 (Click to read text)
Stop and GROW: After reading the text, discuss/ponder the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America's Book of Faith questions, which are part of Camp Mount Luther's GROW Time with campers.
QUESTION 1: What scares, confuses, challenges, or doesn’t make sense to me in this text?
QUESTION 2: What delights me in this text or is my favorite part of the story?
QUESTION 3: What stories or memories does this text stir in me?
QUESTION 4: What is God up to in this text?
Reflection: Despite Elijah telling Elisha to stay behind and not follow him everywhere, Elisha was determined to not leave Elijah's side. Finally Elijah asks what he can do for Elisha before he is taken away. Oh, what to ask for!
The obvious would be a request of "Don't go away!" but it seems Elijah was bound to leave; by whirlwind for that matter. The next obvious would be a request to go along. A whirlwind would be quite an adventure! Oh, what to ask for?
Elijah seems to know the best he can ask for is to inherit a double share of Elijah's spirit and that is what he gets. Elisha stayed by Elijah's side until he was taken away, in a whirlwind with a fiery chariot and horsemen, no less. Then taking up Elijah's mantle, Elisha right away performed a miracle. That double share of the spirit came fast. Seems like Elisha asked for the right thing.
Sometimes, asking for the obvious is not what we really need. Look at the bigger picture and what really matters. Ask for that. --Ruth Gates
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