In 2 Kings 2 we’re with Elijah, and his successor Elisha, travelling from Gilgal to Bethel, where Elijah tells Elisha to stay back in Gilgal. Elisha knows, he’s been told many times, that Elijah is living on borrowed time, soon to leave this earth.
Elisha is heartbroken, anticipating the death of his great friend and mentor. He’s been like a father to him. The group called ‘the company of the prophets’ keeps repeating what Elisha does not want to hear–‘…do you not know that the Lord is going to take your master from you today?’ (v.3).
Elisha shouts back–‘Yes, I know, but do not speak of it’ (v.3). I wonder if Elisha is feeling that if this group would only keep quiet, maybe it won’t happen? He buries his head in the sand.
What does Elijah do next for Elisha? Sensitively, he lets him go along with him for as long as possible, allowing him to say whatever is on his mind and heart. Doesn’t scold him for some lack of faith. He lets him be to work things through. Stays with him until…
Elijah trusts that the Lord will do for Elisha what he himself can’t. He steps aside. Trusting God.
Is there someone in your life that you need to simply be with, allowing them to work through with the Lord what needs His attention? Being a friend who keeps his mouth shut? Not all the time, but probably more often than not.
How many times have others stood by me, trusting God to work in my life? Keeping their ‘good’ advice to themselves? Not many. Hardly anyone.
Could I be like Elijah to someone today? You too? Let’s do it!
Lord, help me to stand by someone else and be like Elijah to them. Amen.