Elisha’s room

One day Elisha went to Shunem. And a well-to-do woman was there, who urged him to stay for a meal. So whenever he came by, he stopped there to eat. She said to her husband, “I know that this man who often comes our way is a holy man of God. Let’s make a small room on the roof and put in it a bed and a table, a chair and a lamp for him. Then he can stay there whenever he comes to us.” — 2 Kings

 

In the beginning ……
As I read the scripture I stopped and wondered. Wait a minute! She went out? Something inside me screamed. How did she do that? Just lay down her dead son, walk out, and shut the door? What kind of mother does that just walks out? A godly one. Perhaps this godly mother knew what you need to know. And God answered “There is no better place for those we love and can’t fix than alone with me”. Elisha’s place was the closest place she knew to His presence. I began to see. Was God calling me to do the same? But how? “Through prayer” God said “Leave it all with me”. Could I do that too? What the Shunnamite woman taught me by example changed me forever and opened a secret place of prayer, release, and peace I never knew existed

 

And then ……
One day God gave me a vision to build a cottage on our property for His children as a place to rest and replenish in the Lord just as the Shunammite woman and her husband built for Elisha”. I have not built it yet but it is on the way. This will be a free service from the Lord and He will meet the needs of that ministry. In the meantime I will try to give assistance by unpacking God’s world for the weary woman traveller. Each woman is unique—there is no one exactly like you or me in the entire world. Each of us is influential in the sphere God has given to us in which to make an impact on our family, church, place of employment, and friends. For that reason, each of us is responsible and accountable to God for how we use the gifts and opportunities He has given us. Each of us will stand before Him individually as a woman.

 

This is the message I hope to bring to women. When we can demonstrate from Scripture how God values us and we begin to serve Him with enthusiasm and growing freedom, there is no limit to what can happen as God works through us in Elisha’s room.