It is well
Run now, I pray thee, to meet her, and say unto her, Is it well with thee? Is it well with thy husband? Is it well with the child? And she answered, “It is well.” – 2 Kings 4:26
Responses to the question “How are you? How you doing?” have gone through many changes since my childhood. I can still recall, almost with a musical tinge, persons like departed Margaret Bullard respond “chile I right here in the hand of the Good Lord.” And yet others, “thank God for the day.” “So-so.” “Holding on.” “Chile I een much.” Then it got to the place where persons responded with a curt “Fine, thank you.” Nowadays, the universal respond is “I’m good.” But for Pastor Ian Braithwaite it is “Blessed.” And for a greeting, “Blessings.”
Our lesson today is concerned about the total welfare of the family. Here we have the story of the Shunammite woman who was brave and sensible enough to be positive even in the darkest of situation. She was a wealthy woman, but nevertheless – kind, compassionate, observing and caring. It was she who suggested to her husband to add a guest room on to their home for the Prophet Elisha, so that during his circuit he would have a safe place of abode.
Elisha, being no stranger to reciprocity for hospitality was in a quandary as to what was suitable for a woman who has it all, but his servant Gehazi noted that there was no presence of a child in the home and to make matters worse, her husband was old. It is happening now as it was then – older men but younger women in marriage.
The Prophet Elisha on leaving told her that within a year she would have a son and she responded by saying “Nay, my lord, thou man of God, do not lie unto thine handmaid.”
True to the word of the prophet, she had a son.
All went well until one day this son went to work with his father but the intense heat gave him a headache. “And he said unto his father, My head, my head. And he said to a lad, Carry him to his mother.” Once home, he sat on her knees till noon, and then died.
This Shunammite woman had the perseverance of a Miriam and the determination of a Hannah. Mounting her horse, she sped to the dwelling place of the prophet. In the distance Elisha recognizing her amongst the dust and sensing that something was terribly wrong, told Gehazi to go and meet the approaching rider and ask her “Is it well with thee? Is it well with thy husband? Is it well with the child?” She calmly replied “It is well,” but never did she slacken her riding. What an amazing display of fortitude and gratitude in the midst of adversity.
Many are the ups and downs we as women and mothers are faced with. Not only are there problems and concerns in our own lives, be they health, emotional, physiological, financial or social, but we bear the burdens of our husbands and children. How many homes have parents but absent fathers – absent to the ways, means and wellbeing of the home and family. How many are husbands but not lovers, money earners but not providers, social climbers but bedroom introverts?
Whatever your situation today, be it with yourself, your husband or your children, don’t ride to the wrong person with your problems. Ask God to lead you to the right persons who will not scalp you of your means, but help you with your needs. Then don’t forget that God is very present to help in times of trouble.
The family has come under heavy assault but God is able to make you sing a new song. It is well! In spite of, God can make the difference. He is able to steer that paycheck straight to you rather than it being frittered around. He is able to make your home reverberate once again with the song of respect, discipline and love from your children.
God is making old things new and dead situations alive. New minds, new thoughts, new actions, new attitudes and indeed a new litany. Instead of complaints, when asked if all is well, be it with husband wife or child, just say with firm resolve, it is well.
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