“And he went up and lay on the child, and put his mouth on his mouth and his eyes on his eyes and his hands on his hands, and he stretched himself on him; and the flesh of the child became warm. 35 Then he returned and walked in the house once back and forth, and went up and stretched himself on him; and the lad sneezed seven times and the lad opened his eyes.” 2 Kings 4:34-35
When I read these verses about Elisha raising this boy from the dead, what Elisha did sounds really strange to me, but I certainly celebrate the outcome! Weird actions in contrast to resurrection outcomes cause me to pause & reflect. Far too often, I’m quick to dismiss or reject stuff that makes me squeamish just to concentrate on the cool outcomes that I like. Do you ever find yourself making the same kind of decision?
Regardless of your answer, I’m entirely certain that the mother of the boy who was raised from the dead didn’t mind the method Elisha used to resurrect her son. Sometimes God’s methods can make us squeamish, but let’s never belittle nor dismiss God’s motives (genuine love) nor the outcomes, for the sake of being more comfortable & less squeamish 🙂
My parents always encouraged me to continually work on my people skills & I’m grateful for this for two reasons:
I’m an introvert & sometimes I can seem prickly (sometimes I AM prickly)
People are God’s first priority so being close to God also means it’s good to love who God loves.
With that being said, I frequently come across people who are usual & even strange. How I treat people who are a few clicks off of norm is a significant reflection of my love for God. I say this based on 1John 4:20 where it says that we can’t love God & hate people simultaneously.
So no matter what kinds of people you find in your life, let’s allow God to not only love us but also love THROUGH us 🙂
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I know that I’m a bit of a strange bird: I go to weird places and enjoy the experience, I do some crazy things and think about it later, I find it to be alot of fun to try new and unusual sports, etc. Furthermore, I love to explore culinary adventures. There’s this bald guy on TV who goes to some really strange places and eats food that is nothing less than thoroughly bizarre – I like watching him because he challenges me to push the envelope with trying new things to eat. My latest claim to fame is eating a bug off the fender of one of our vehicles in Angola last year (that was on the heels of the bugs I ate with my friends in Cambodia). ANYWAYS, my point is that my parents raised me to eat and “like” all foods. When I was growing up, we weren’t allowed to say that we didn’t like a certain food. We always had to try a teaspoon & omit the subsequent critique ,)
So this got me to thinking about how I perceive people. If I can enjoy such a wide array of food options, why not let God develop a love in me for a wide array of people. Today, I felt that God challenged me to be less picky and finicky about people and to love them with less criticisms and pre-requisites. Perhaps you’re really good at loving a wide variety of people – please pray for me that I would continue to get better at loving people and being less picky. thanks muchos 🙂