I Had No Idea

We never really know the affect we have on people.

2 Kings 8:1-29

Reference: v.5 Just as Gehazi was telling the king how Elisha had restored the dead to life, the woman whose son Elisha had brought back to life came to appeal to the king for her house and land.
Gehazi said, “This is the woman, my lord the king, and this is her son whom Elisha restored to life.” (TNIV Bible)

Explore: The other day I was racing around the shopping centre buying all my groceries for the week.  I was standing at the bakery, looking at all the wonderful doughy treats, as I was waiting to be served.  The young lady behind the counter came my way, gave me a big smile and asked what I would like.  I always find the bakery assistants happy and friendly however this young lady seemed to give me a knowing smile.  As she bustled around behind the counter collecting my items she brought them back and asked, “Do you know who I am?”  Recollection finally dawned on me.  The last time I had seen this young lady was when she was in Grade 6 and would come to chat to me in my chaplaincy role at the school.  She had grown up so much in the last couple of years that it had taken me a while to recognize her.  In a very brief conversation I discovered that she was doing well in her later years of school and hoped to become a teacher herself.  As she handed me my change she said, ‘I really enjoyed spending time with you at school. You really helped me get through.’  I had no idea that I had helped this girl the way that I had. It was so powerful to know that this girl, who I hardly recognized now, had been assisted by an open door and a listening ear.

Application: We never really know the affect we have on people.  As a chaplain, my intentions were always to help but you never knew whether it really hit the mark or not.  To hear that you’ve had a positive impact on someone is incredibly encouraging.  Elisha the Prophet certainly had a positive impact on many people and even after a number of years they did not forget what Elisha had done for them.  When we follow Christ our aim is not to build up our own dominions on earth but to love others and build God’s kingdom on earth.

Prayer: Dear Lord, thank you for using me in ways that I don’t even realize.  May I be open to more ways that you can use me to impact others. Amen.

How are you having an impact on other people?



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.