The verse of the day is 2 Kings 8: 1-6, NIV.
Now Elisha had said to the woman whose son he had restored to life, “Go away with your family and stay for while wherever you can, because the Lord has decreed a famine in the land that will last seven years.” The woman proceeded to do as the man of God said. She and her family went away and stayed in the land of the Philistines seven years.
At the end of the seven years, she came back from the land of the Philistines and went to appeal to the king for her house and land. The king was talking to Gehazi, the servant of the man of God, and had said, “Tell me about all the great things Elisha has done.” Just a Gehazi was telling the king how Elisha had restored the dead to life, the woman whose son Elisha had brought back to life came to appeal to the king for her house and land.
Gehazi said, “This is the woman, my lord the king, and this is her son whom Elisha restored to life.” The king asked the woman about it, and she told him. Then he assigned an official to her case and said to him, “Give back everything that belonged to her, including all the income from her land from the day she left the country until now.”
What a story of faith and of God’s perfect timing! The woman, whose son had been healed, picked up her family, left everything she knew and everything she had, and left her home because of her faith in God and His plans for her. She and her family were sent to a safe place to wait out the famine. Can you imagine the impatience she and her family felt in their new home, in a land that was not theirs? Waiting seven years is a long time, but she believed and stayed.
Then, when she came back to her home after the seven years, she just happened to come to appeal to king at the time that he was asking Gehazi about the works of Elisha. She was able to tell her own story. The king’s heart had to be touched with wonder at this timing! As a result of all that happened, he restored this woman’s home and all that belonged to her. I like to think that the king believed in God after this experience.
I have had many “Godwink” experiences in my life; those small and large moments that seem coincidence but are not. I believe these times are meant to constantly remind me that God has a very real presence in my life and all things happen in His perfect timing. I pray that you stay aware of the “Godwink” moments of your life and are strengthened by them!
Dear God, thank you for letting us know that you are always with us. Please help us remain aware of the many signs you give us that strengthen us along the way. Amen
Karla Gerke Karla56@charter.net
Prayer Concern: Those that go through life with little to no hope.