I know it’s hard to accept the limits of our important role in our children’s lives. We hate seeing them hurt and want to rescue them from as much of it as we can.
As it was for the woman who watched her miracle child die in arms when he was just a little boy. Brought to her when he first complained of a headache, she held him on her lap until he died. He seemed fine earlier and now he’s gone. This mom couldn’t rescue her boy.
How did she respond to this moment?She laid him in the room of the man of God staying in her home, named Elisha. Then raced to get Elisha, all the while claiming, “it is well.” And though she couldn’t rescue him, she didn’t quit until all was well. Until Elisha saw about her son and brought him back to life by the power of God (2 Kings 4).
Most of us will never know this extreme situation, but many of us have experiences with our children that seem hopeless. We panic and get in “fix-it” mode, believing it’s our job to rescue them. Doing everything a mom can think of to get her child back on track, we end up frustrated because any change we see is only temporary.
The Shunammite woman shows us another perspective. After we’ve loved them, taught them, and addressed areas of wrong thinking, keep loving on them, keep praying—and trust them to Jesus. The one who saves.
As awesome as Elisha was, JESUS IS GREATER. And when He speaks, dead and hopeless situations turn around (John 11:43-44)!
VANESSA A. HARRIS is a blogger and the author of DADDY’s Girl Forever and its devotional. She’s a physician turned stay at home mom, who’s never lost her NY wit. She needs it for the three inventive children she raises in Texas with her husband, Mark.