All posts tagged: Elisha

A Lesson in Faith from the Woman Who Collected Jars

Meet Olive.  She is an unnamed woman in the Bible, her story found in 2 Kings, chapter 4. I’ve dubbed her Olive – for reasons that will soon become clear.  She’s just lost her husband and is feeling the weight of responsibility in taking up the new titles of single mum, provider and widow.  Things are looking pretty grim. We’ve all experienced some of the feelings this woman might have been experiencing: disempowered, fearful, perhaps even a little angry – her husband “revered the Lord” and was a man from the “company of the prophets”, yet for all his supposed favour, God wasn’t making her life particularly easy. To add insult to injury, the debt-collectors were after Olive, threatening to sell her sons into slavery to cover the debt. Desperate, she goes to Elisha, the prophet – a prophet being someone regarded as the inspired teacher or proclaimer of the will of God.  No doubt he listened to her sorry story, nodding and arching his eyebrows in all the right places. But when she stopped, …