Today, meet a woman who defined the meaning of going 'beyond the call of duty'. She knew Elisha was doing God's work and all she wanted was to serve him - starting with feeding him. Then she took it further. She organised a room to be built for him from scratch, complete with home comforts. Bonus!
She did all of this meeting-of-needs, despite having some pretty massive needs of her own. We learn through the story that she was absolutely desperate for a child, but with her husband well past his baby-making years, it didn't seem likely. That hole in her life didn't stop her serving to fill someone else's - she simply got on with loving God and reaching out to others. You might think that she had every reason to be bitter. But this woman refused to live a life of sour lemons. She chose to make lemonade.
Elisha, grateful for her serving heart, wanted to give back to her. And he did! God enabled him to correctly prophesy the arrival of her baby.
Jesus says, 'Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and He will give you everything you need' (Matthew 6:33 NLT). Even though she was living hundreds of years before these words were spoken, the woman of Shunem instinctively knew this was true and gave us a powerful example to follow.
So what now? That thing you're doing through with gritted teeth, or with a sour edge (think honestly)? Ask God for the grace to do it gladly. Then, make the decision to take those sour situations and make lemonade.
Soulfood : Deut 22-24, Mk 5:21-30, Ps 44:1-8, Prov 12:7-9