When Elisha reached the house, there was the boy lying dead on his couch. He went in, shut the door on the two of them and prayed to the LORD. Then he got on the bed and lay on the boy, mouth to mouth, eyes to eyes, hands to hands. As he stretched himself out on him, the boy’s body grew warm. Elisha turned away and walked back and forth in the room and then got on the bed and stretched out on him once more. The boy sneezed seven times and opened his eyes.
Elisha summoned Gehazi and said, “Call the Shunammite.” And he did. When she came, he said, “Take your son.” She came in, fell at his feet and bowed to the ground. Then she took her son and went out. – 2 Kings 4:32-37
The prophets of the Old Testament were asked to do some odd things in order for God’s power to be released, and this ranks up there in the weird category. I am not sure how I would feel if an old bearded man in robes came in and lay down on my recently deceased child, but I am sure I would feel grateful and amazed if it brought that child back to life. It is the idea of “normal” that gets in the way of us experiencing God more than a lot of other distractions in this life. I would rather be weird and see miracles than normal and expect nothing.
If I expect God to show up to answer prayers, to provide for my needs, to guide and direct my path, then I have to accept how He decides to show up. You don’t invite the king over and then complain about what mode of transportation he rode in on; just be happy that the king showed up. This is something I need to grow in and help my children understand. They need to have an expectation of God’s power working in and through them without an expectation of how He chooses to do so.
God has given us power through His Holy Spirit to heal the sick, cast out demons and, yes, raise the dead, but He has not boxed in the details of how that gets done. This indicates that we need to be guided and directed by Him on the process. It provides another opportunity to be dependent solely on Him rather than some legalized system of healing or exorcism. Are there rules or guidelines? Absolutely, but there is also a lot of room for God to work in those boundaries, and I want my children to experience the freedom to work with God within His will and ways.
Lord, help me be open to the ways You want to work through me to bring Your miracles about in other’s lives. May my children grow with an expectation of Your power and an adventurous anticipation of how You want to express Your power in and through their lives. Amen.