My husband comes from a large family. He’s number 9 out of 10! All married now and lots of grandbabies. I’ve been around for 14 years and it’s grown a ton. Can you imagine family gatherings? Normally everyone gathers in the kitchen and screams about what’s new. When I first entered the family it was overwhelming!
So many voices, so many faces, and so many littles running around.
Don’t get me wrong I enjoy seeing everyone at once, but my absolute favorite is when my little family gets to spend one on one time with other individual families within our clan. That’s why we love heading up north to see the Minnesota family during the summer.
This past week we traveled up North. We geared up for the trip with snacks galore, sippy cups, dvds, and new toys. We left at 4:00 in the morning to get a huge chunk done before breakfast time. To be honest I was dreading the drive. My 1 year old has recently entered a stage of screaming in the car. And nothing but singing “Jesus loves you” will satisfy. And you know it’s bad when that won’t work either and it turns into full on yelling mode. When we arrived to Minnesota we were greeted with hugs, helping hands, and lots of grace and understanding. Thankful to have family that understands traveling can be hard work!
When I sat down and reflected on our travels made me think about Elisha. He was a prophet who traveled through the region performing miracles and sharing the good news of Jesus. Can you imagine being on the road back then with no car, DVD player, drive-thrus, or music? Especially when you are traveling for ministry, daily pouring into others. That can be exhausting! Not sure how Elisha managed it. I barely made it with all the comforts we had and help from my husband and family!
There was a lady who understood Elisha’s needs. Who saw the hardship of traveling. Who wanted to ease Elisha’s travels and bring him some comfort when he was passing through her hometown. Not only did she host him for meals but she ended up building a private room just for Elisha!
Her giftings didn’t involve preaching, performing miracles, or baptizing new believers. But her gift of hospitality was just as important! Her gift came naturally to her. I bet she’s up in heaven now hosting others and throwing big parties. I love that she saw a need and filled it with what she knew she could do. She used her gifts God gave her. What comes naturally to you? How could you use it to serve others?
I also love that this story isn’t over! Elisha wanted to bless her back and thank her for all the comfort she brought him, but she was a wealthy woman. So what do you give someone who seemingly has everything? One thing Elisha found out about her is that she desired something that no amount of money can buy…a baby!
Elisha promises her that,”about this time next year, you will hold a son in your arms.” Her response…”Please man of God, don’t mislead me!” Her response let’s me know she too struggled with infertility for years. Infertility can rock your world. I don’t blame her, wouldn’t you have responded the same way?
There is a happy ending to the story. The woman does become pregnant and gets to hold her baby boy. My favorite though is seeing how she served while she waited. If you find yourself waiting, focus on others. God has created you special with your own giftings and your own special community like this woman!
Let’s start serving while we wait and make a difference for His kingdom!