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By Carolyn Crow
Feb. 26, 2013 11:11 a.m.



 I have had the opportunity to get in on the inside story of a woman who was described as “great.”  She was known for her many acts of kindness and her heart was built to serve God and His people.  I can honestly say that this Shunammite woman was my kind of a woman.   She was incredible, knowing very well that her son was dead, but she still replied, “It is well.”

     The story is told in 2nd Kings the 4th chapter when God makes a promise to this Shunammite woman through His prophet Elisha.  The Shunammite woman was also generous, and she catered to the needs of the Prophet.  However, her hospitality was rewarded by the gift of a son.     

Elisha said, “About this time next year, you will hold a son in your arms.”  (2 Kings 4:16)   At first she can’t believe it.  She did not want to be misled and become swallowed up in the disappointment of an empty promise.  Ultimately, the promise took form just as Elisha had said it would.   Moreover, the boy grew older but later became ill and died.

As we look further, we find that the tenacity of this great woman was extraordinary.  She takes the dead boy inside and lays him on the bed.  Then she goes to hunt the Prophet down.  When she finds him she basically says, “I didn’t ask for this!”  “This was all your idea, so fix it!”  

Let’s consider the outcome:   The Shunammite’s son was restored to life because of her faith and her positive confession.  

Sometimes we are afraid to dream and hope because of what we may have to face later. But as we observe the devotion of the Shunammite woman, we realize she was not about to let go of her son without a fight.  So you too, refuse to let go of what God has already promised you.      

You may not have the ability to revive the dead dreams and promises, but you do have the ability to trust God to fix it.  No, matter how bad your situation may seem, keep confessing and reminding yourself, “It is well.”  

Proverbs 10:22 teaches us that, “The blessing of the LORD, it maketh rich, and He addeth no sorrow with it.”

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