When the child had grown, he went out one day to his father among the reapers. And he said to his father, “Oh, my head, my head!” The father said to his servant, “Carry him to his mother.” And when he had lifted him and brought him to his mother, the child sat on her lap till noon, and then he died. And she went up and laid him on the bed of the man of God and shut the door behind him and went out. Then she called to her husband and said, “Send me one of the servants and one of the donkeys, that I may quickly go to the man of God and come back again.” And he said, “Why will you go to him today? It is neither new moon nor Sabbath.” She said, “All is well.” Then she saddled the donkey, and she said to her servant, “Urge the animal on; do not slacken the pace for me unless I tell you.” So she set out and came to the man of God at Mount Carmel. II Kings 4:18-25a ESV
Let the heavens praise your wonders, O Lord,
your faithfulness in the assembly of the holy ones!
For who in the skies can be compared to the Lord?
Who among the heavenly beings is like the Lord,
a God greatly to be feared in the council of the holy ones,
and awesome above all who are around him?
O Lord God of hosts,
who is mighty as you are, O Lord,
with your faithfulness all around you?
You rule the raging of the sea;
when its waves rise, you still them.
You crushed Rahab like a carcass;
you scattered your enemies with your mighty arm.
The heavens are yours; the earth also is yours;
the world and all that is in it, you have founded them.
The north and the south, you have created them;
Tabor and Hermon joyously praise your name.
You have a mighty arm;
strong is your hand, high your right hand. Psalm 89:5-13 ESV
One day when Calvin was outside playing he found a little raccoon all by itself. The raccoon was hurt and hardly breathing. Calvin ran to get his mother. He was sure his mother would be able to save the little raccoon. His mother wrapped it in a clean dishtowel and put it into a shoebox. She gave the little raccoon some food and water and put it into the garage where it would be warm and safe. But Calvin’s mother couldn’t save the little raccoon. The next morning it was dead, and there was nothing anyone could do.
When a person or an animal dies, there isn’t anything anyone can do. So when the Shunammite’s son died, she was terribly sad. But she also thought there was someone who might be able to help her. Elisha was a man of God, and he had been the one to tell her that she would have this son. So she took the little boy up to the room she kept for Elisha and laid him on Elisha’s bed. She shut the door and went to find Elisha. She hoped that Elisha would be able to help her, because she knew that God can do wonderful things.
We were lost in sin and death, and there was nothing we could do to save ourselves. God was the only one who could save us, because there was no one on earth who could help us. He came to us in Jesus and defeated death when he died on the cross and rose again. Jesus is the only one who can save us from sin and death, and he is the one we call on when we are in trouble. He always hears our prayers and is able to help us. He answers our prayers in the way that is best. Nothing is too hard for him.
Dear Jesus, thank you for saving us, and for hearing our prayers and helping us always. Amen.
Watterson, Bill Something Under the Bed is Drooling Kansas City: Andrews and McMeel, 1988, pp. 94-95.