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Just in time for Recovery

“And Gehazi was telling the king about the time Elisha had brought a boy back to life. At that very moment, the mother of the boy walked in to make her appeal to the King”.

2 Kings 8: 5

This chapter gives the account of the Shunem woman who was given the miracle of her son years back (2 Kings 4: 8-43). Yet, her miracle came with an obstacle – her son died one day. She called Elisha, who had spoken the miracle initially to come back and help her son, and miraculously he was brought back to life. Not long after a famine was preparing to hit the land, Elisha told the Shunem woman to leave and live elsewhere during the famine. At the end of the famine, she returns but has to go before the king to get her land back.


I can imagine her nervousness as she prepared to make a case for why she should recover all the possessions she left after seven years. But God’s timing was on her side. The king wanted to hear about great things Elisha had done, and her story was on the table to share – just as she walked in! Not only was her testimony being spoken of – but there she was as living proof to testify to it! The king asked her if it was a true account, and she was able to confirm that is was. Because of her story, the king directed the officials to see to it that she regained everything that was lost, including the value of crops that had been harvested during her absence.


The Shunem woman’s recovery was dependent on her ability to be in the right place at the right time! She was just in time for recovery. This account is loaded with life lessons, but I draw attention to the fact that she was a walking testimony. It was her opening her mouth and saying “Yes” to the miracles in her life that moved her into a place of recovery. She became a living-breathing testimony of God’s grace in her life. And because of this, she was not only given what she lost – but also the value of what was harvested in her absence, which is above and beyond.


There are some things that are lost and will never be recovered. However, there are some areas that we were meant to recover in our lives. Ask God to show you what you need to say, and where to be, so you can be just in time for recovery.



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