Day 167


2 Kings 2:1-25; 2 Kings 4:1-44

Laura McLaughlin, Director of Preschool Ministries

Specifically 2 Kings 2:11 – And Elijah went up by a whirlwind to heaven.

I’ve told many, many, many Bible stories to children. It’s a thing I do well. I’ve slithered through the freshly minted Garden of Eden, sloshed around with Noah on his big smelly boat, traipsed across muddy fields with David and his slingshot, and taxied around the sea in the belly of a whale with Jonah. I’ve even pretended to ride around in a whirlwind on my way to heaven like what happened to our buddy Elijah in today’s reading …. #dizzydizzydizzy #nojetpackneeded #elijahgoinhome #notElishabutElijah. You get the picture.

And you know, it’s the funniest thing, you would think kids would really be impressed by all the drama around these miracles – and they are somewhat, but most kids are like, of course God took Elijah up to heaven in a whirlwind! Of course Moses parted the Red Sea! Of course Jesus fed 5000 people with some kid’s lunch. Why wouldn’t He do it that way? I think children actually understand miracles better than most adults. They don’t feel the need to overthink the circumstance. They just let God be God and do His thing. No wonder Jesus said, “Unless you become like little children, you will not enter the gates of heaven.” (Matthew 18:3).

Elijah let God be God throughout his life. And he did this even though God called Elijah during one of the most dismal chapter’s in Israel’s history. He seemed to have a matter of fact, direct connection with God, and miracles happened right and left.  It seems like a poetic end that God would just grab him and go “whoosh” up to heaven.

Next time I try to explain away a miracle, I’ll be reminded of Elijah and his God, my God. And I’ll have the proper response: Of course!


4 responses »

  1. Thanks Laura,
    Kids are full of life and lack the doubts that we as adults have because they haven’t experienced the corruption that this world brings to light as we navigate through it. As their youthful innocence fades away so does that unwavering, limitless faith.

    In the book I’m currently reading by Joel Osteen, he speaks about how we defeat ourselves in our minds before we even bring it to God and therefore limit Him and His blessing upon us. He speaks specifically of the woman from 2 Kings 4:1-7 & how we need to think bigger in the blessing department and believe. This woman had an opportunity to gather a few vessels from close friends & neighbors or she could have thought bigger from a God who is limitless in power and gathered all she could find in the whole town. You see, He filled all that she made available for Him to bless her with. She set the limit, it doesn’t matter if she brought 10 or 100, He would have allowed all to be filled.

    Elisha thought big when he asked for double the spirit that Elijah had been blessed with. In 2 Kings 2:10 even Elijah says “You have asked a difficult thing” When our faith is limitless, so it will be with God’s work in our lives. He doesn’t force Himself upon us, we have to ask and invite and BELIEVE!
    If we do this, were going to need a bigger vessel

  2. I’ve heard it said that all the miracles Jesus did were just repeats from the Old Testament. I haven’t taken the time to search them all out, but at the end of today’s reading is the precursor to Jesus’ feeding the 4000 and the 5000. It was as if whenever He did a miracle, Jesus was saying, “Does this look familiar? Are you catching on? Do you recognize Whose side I’m on?”

  3. Father, remind me of the first love I had for You. Return me to my child-like faith, to think God-sized thoughts and not limit You by my finite understanding. For Your glory alone. Amen.

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