I know this post is a bit unconventional. Well the conventional does not always work. I was reflecting early this morning about how sometimes we need to shut the door. A simple story in the Bible about a woman whose only child died comes to mind. The death of the child is not the big story. The big story is her response.
A response is different from a reaction. This was her response:
“The child died …and she went up, and laid him on the bed…and shut the door …” 2 Kings 4:21
The child (dream/vision) died. The woman SHUT the door. She did not tell anybody, all she said was, “It is well” The prophet Elisha arrived to pray for the dead child:
“…Elisha came… the child was dead…He went in therefore, and shut the door …and prayed unto the Lord” 2 Kings 4:32-33
Things happen in our lives – loss, death, sickness, debt, retrenchment, demotion, dismissal or divorce. Do you respond or react? How you respond makes a huge difference.
There are some points to learn from this story:
- Don’t take it to the PHONE, take it to the THRONE
- Don’t look for a PITY PARTY look for a FAITH PARTY. Pity sympathises, Faith empathises
- Pity cries with you. Faith stops your tears
- Pity says “oh SORRY!” Faith says “oh GLORY!”
Today I want to encourage you. Just shut the door. God hears! Whatever you are going through today shut the door and just say ” IT IS WELL”