Even just trying to spin around once sends me stumbling to the floor.
Reference: v.6 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. (TNIV Bible)
Explore: A ballet dancer is an elite athlete who makes their performance seem effortless. Adance will incorporate lifts, leaps and pirouettes and when performed by a professional each move just flows into the other. When I watch a ballet dancer perform I am in awe of how graceful they are and how they allow their bodies to twist and turn in such amazing ways. It is very obvious to me that I would never be able to dance like they do. Even just trying to spin around once sends me stumbling to the floor.
Application: When I read stories like Elisha the prophet I have the same thought as when I watch a ballet performance, ‘I could never do that!’ Elisha was a great man of God and he did many remarkable things in the name of the Lord. When I read about them I realize how far away I am from doing such things. And yet if I look a little closer at Elisha’s life I soon realize that he didn’t just pull these miracles out of nowhere. No, he was totally committed to his faith in God and he endured many trials because of it. Just like a ballet dancer doesn’t just stand up one day and perform beautifully. No, they have spent hundreds of hours stretching, practicing and training. It’s great for us to desire great things but it’s important for us to acknowledge the dedication we need to put in to get to that point.
Prayer: Lord, so often we want things to just happen instantly. Help us to understand that they journey towards greatness is an essential path to learn wisdom and discernment. Amen.
What goals do you have? What hard yards do you need to put in before getting there?
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This article was written by Linda Bailey
Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.