It's Time To Build A Room
Posted: Monday, June 24
2 Kings 3:1-4:17
Verse of the day
“One day Elisha went to the town of Shunem. A wealthy woman lived there, and she urged him to come to her home for a meal.” (II Kings 4:8)
Our home’s previous owner was a home flipper. The fact that he and his wife had five children made the feat even more impressive. They moved into the property, renovated WHILE they lived there, and then sold it two years later to us! They relocated and did it all again.
The most ambitious project was renovating the original garage into a new, open-floor-plan style living room. It’s our favorite part of the house. Whenever we host friends for dinner or play with the kids on the carpet or collapse on the couch after a long day, I always feel a certain amount of pleasure circling around this simple thought. “Someone made this for me.” I can’t type it without smiling. I mean . . . they didn’t KNOW it was going to be ME, but that doesn’t diminish my pleasure. I am living in the blessing of someone else’s hard work.
Here’s a question. How much of our lives do we spend building rooms for ourselves? A room for our home office. A room for our workout equipment. A room for our antique pottery collection.
In II Kings 4, Elisha meets a woman who builds a room for someone she barely knows. The room isn’t for herself. It’s for Elisha. It is not repayment or prepayment. It is gratitude in action with no strings attached.
One year later, this woman holds in her arms the son she thought she’d never have, and her gratitude does a partner dance with Elisha’s. Gratitude gives birth to gratitude. Joy brings joy, and grateful giving builds a grateful heart.
It’s time to build a room for someone else.