Amazing, Powerful, Wonderful, Extraordinary
They went to the Jordan and began to cut down trees. 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 6:4-7
Last year I started reading through the Old Testament, taking my time, a chapter or two a day. Sometimes I am so amazed at the truths in those passages that are so easily overlooked. I read this passage one morning about how the prophets asked Elisha to come down to the Jordan with them while they cut down trees. I’m going to be honest I really didn’t think that much of it. Then as I was sitting there trying to decide what to write I reviewed the passage again. TA-DAH! There it was, right there in front of me. Our amazing, powerful, wonderful God can do extraordinary things beyond reason because it is important to us.
To this man it was so important to take care of this ax because it wasn’t his. If you have ever borrowed anything you can relate. When we first got our house Adam cracked me up one day. My Dad had loaned us an old lawn mower from his building. It had probably been out there untouched for years! It was dirty and disgusting but he let us borrow it. Sometime after I heard the lawn mower shut off, Adam still had not come in from the yard. I went outside to find him with that lawnmower, a water hose and a brush scrubbing it down, under the mower blades and all. I could not believe he was scrubbing that old, disgusting lawnmower. Seemed ridiculous to me, but his Dad had always taught him the importance of taking care of others things that were borrowed. For the record, he does not wash our lawn mower when he finishes mowing. 🙂 We place so much importance on things when they are not ours. God knew how important this ax was to this man. In the grand scheme of things, that sounds so minor for God. There are so many big things that call for his attention but God obviously didn’t see this as minor. He saw how upset it made the man and wanted to take that worry away from him. He made that heavy, iron ax float in water. I’m no scientist, but I ‘m pretty sure that defies the laws! It was an amazing, extraordinary, act of kindness.
Also, let’s not overlook the fact that God used Elisha to make the ax float. God can use us to work in others’ lives in extraordinary ways too! We might not defy the laws of gravity but we can still up lift, encourage and make a difference in someone’s life with God’s help. Sometime it’s just about noticing the little things that are important to them. Ask God to use you to make an amazing, powerful, wonderful, extraordinary impact on someone else!
God loves us and doesn’t want to see us hurting. Whether we have big worries or small worries our God can and will do amazing, powerful, wonderful, and extraordinary things for us! Isn’t it encouraging to know that the God who has storehouses of snow and hung the constellations (Job 38) cares enough to make an ax float for me and you! Praise God!