“As one of them was cutting down a tree, the iron axhead fell into the water. ‘Oh, my lord,’ he cried out, ‘it was borrowed!’ The man of God asked, ‘Where did it fall?’ When he showed him the place, Elisha cut a stick and threw it there, and made the iron float. ‘Lift it out,’ he said. Then the man reached out his hand and took it” (2 Kings 6:5-6).
I’d been reading through the books of Kings and had read this story of Elisha making an axe head float a couple of days before. Then one morning I woke with the story on my mind again. As I woke, it seemed the details faded.
It’s only a few verses and just one of the miracles that the prophets performed during these books, so why was this one important?
I believed God had brought the story to mind for a reason–so I waited some time, hoping I’d again remember why.
The axe had been borrowed and the miracle of it floating again, meant that it could be returned; a man’s livelihood would be saved and the borrower would not be punished. Was it just that God cares about us so much?
Elisha showed kindness and mercy, which is a reflection of what God longs to show to us.
I wondered about the fact that God gives each of us special gifts to use for Him. If we use them that’s what God wants, but if we don’t–some say we may lose them.
Everyone knows that axe heads are too heavy to float–so no-one expected that it would float. But God can do the impossible–so much more than we ever expect.
So this was a reminder that God can do wonders in what can seem impossible situations.
Some of my Rest Ministries friends have been praying for some really big things lately–some that seem insurmountable or impossible for us. But God can do what we can’t do ourselves.
Even though we may not always get the answers we want, God asks us pray, trusting Him and His reasons. We can turn our impossible situations over to God and watch Him turn them around.
Prayer: Thank You, Father, for Your word. Help us not to miss the importance of what may seem obscure stories. Thank You that You care about us so much, that You hear our prayers and that we can turn our difficult situations over to You, trusting You to do what’s best for us. Amen.
About the Author
Fiona Burrows lives in Melbourne, Australia. She is thankful that God walks each step of her life with her, and that He is teaching her new things as she learns to live with chronic back pain. She enjoys finding time for reading, writing, and photography, and to share those things with others. You can contact her in the Sunroom, or read more of her writing on her blog there.
Do you trust God to float your axe head? How do you deal with the times when that may not happen for you?
We have a show in the USA called the XFactor and last year this woman Lillie McCloud was on it. She had a stunning voice as she sang, “Alabaster Jar,” a song CeCe Winans sings. This is a beautiful rendition of it.
The song starts at about 1:40 minutes if you want to fast forward. This is a song that speaks of how nothing is wasted when it comes to giving God what we have. While others may look at us and think our gift isn’t worth much, or they may see us give up something they have striven for (like a career), God knows. He knows exactly what we are giving to Him. I hope it blesses you. -Lisa