And the sons of the prophets said to Elisha, “See now, the place where we dwell with you is too small for us. 2 Please, let us go to the Jordan, and let every man take a beam from there, and let us make there a place where we may dwell.”
So he answered, “Go.”
3 Then one said, “Please consent to go with your servants.”
And he answered, “I will go.” 4 So he went with them. And when they came to the Jordan, they cut down trees. 5 But as one was cutting down a tree, the iron ax head fell into the water; and he cried out and said, “Alas, master! For it was borrowed.”
6 So the man of God said, “Where did it fall?” And he showed him the place. So he cut off a stick, and threw it in there; and he made the iron float. 7 Therefore he said, “Pick it up for yourself.” So he reached out his hand and took it.
I read through this scripture during my quiet time the other day, and while I’ve read it before, this time I paused to pray and ask God what the point of this scripture is or how I could apply it directly to my life. The study notes in my Bible are pretty silent around this scripture and instead of Googling or researching online, I wanted to pray and ask God what He wanted me to take from it.
I began to think about my own work. If I was working and something I borrowed got ruined or damaged, I would be frantic. I would stress over the conversation I was going to have to have with the lender who entrusted it to me.
I thought about the everyday stresses, mix-ups, and rocky processes that we have throughout our day and began to sense that God was showing me that this was an everyday miracle, that God was present even in the midst of the seemingly insignificant (which we see throughout scripture).
He’s capable of smoothing out situations, providing solutions, and making minor crisis and chaos calm. Losing the ax head is like that gravel-in-the-shoe type of stuff. If it was lost forever, it probably wouldn’t have been the end of the world, but it likely would have been gravel in the shoe of the other prophet.
It spoke to me in the midst of my situation. God provides everyday miracles, too.
Maybe it speaks to you, too, friend?