Hello My Name Is… (Week 10) – Shunamite Woman

Well we’ve reached week 10 in this part of the “Hello My Name Is…” series!  I hope you’ve enjoyed studying these women who aren’t named in the bible and seeing what its like to be in their shoes.  Read down to the bottom to find out what is happening next…

This week we were studying this verse:

“Elisha summoned Gehazi and said, “Call the Shunammite.” And he did. When she came, he said, “Take your son.” She came in, fell at his feet and bowed to the ground. Then she took her son and went out.” 2 Kings 4:36-37

The Miracle She Fought For

I love that this verse is the result of this woman’s determination.  Yes, God did the miracle through Elisha to revive her son, but if she had not pursued that then it wouldn’t have happened.  What miracles are we not pursuing?  What miracles would God be willing to do in our own lives if we would only chase them with determination and not let go until He did something?  It’s certainly something for us to ponder…..

Falling at feet again

After this longed for miracle happens, the woman’s response is to fall as Elisha’s feet.  This action, similar to last weeks, has a very different meaning.  This is worship, this is respect, this is reverence, this is thankfulness.  Yes, it was God who did the miracle through Elisha, but through this action she is acknowledging his part in it as the man of God.   It is not a desperate begging at his feet like last week, it is a humble act to show what it means to her.

In HER Shoes

This verse is really vague about what the woman does after this event.  As we stepped into her shoes, there were so many possible emotions she could have been feeling.  Joy.  Relief.  Emotionally Drained.  Anger.  This has definitely been a big event in her life, and I’m sure it would have taken a while to sink in fully.  Especially as she seems to have dealt with it all on her own, without including her husband in her emotions.

Pippa asked us on Monday what we would be taking away with us from looking at this woman.  How has she impacted us?  For many in the Facebook group her knowledge of where to turn to in times of crisis was the top thing that had impacted them.  For me it was her extravagant hospitality and the amazing outcome of that.  For others it was her drive and determination to not stop until her son was alive again.  I’d love to hear what you’ve learnt from this woman, and this series overall, so please do comment here or on Facebook.

–TWO WEEKS OFF–

Next week was due to be our break week between series, but as I’ve had some difficult news this last week, I’ve decided to take a bit longer of a break to process that (a bit like this woman processing the whole event with her son!).  Don’t worry, Mummy Meditations will be back on Sunday 13th October with a new verse of the week, and this next series will take us through until Christmas.

I’d love for you all to have a couple of weeks to study whatever you want in the Bible, to refresh and recharge ready for another amazing series together!

IN THE MEANTIME….  here are a few things you can do!

 



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