The Shunamite Woman : “Everything is all right”

This woman is one of my favorite characters in the Bible. No one knows her name, but that still doesn’t detract from the fact that she was a remarkable woman. The first time I meditated on it, I was struck at the kind of faith she had, and I am reminded of it each time I read that passage.

Positioned to receive.

Now, let’s take a look at this remarkable woman’s life. She was married and had no child but that didn’t stop her from being nice to Elisha the man of God. The Bible tells us that Elisha went to Shunem, a place he apparently visited a lot and this must have struck the Shunamite woman who the Bible also tells us was well to do. She told her Husband that she knew Elisha was a holy Man of God and asked that they made a room available for him with a Chair, table, lamp and a Bed so that he could be comfortable anytime he came to stay.

A lot of things strike me from this short passage. 2nd Kings 8-11. One is that she was childless but that didn’t stop her from thinking about another person .

She had a good relationship with her husband because he could very well have ignored or refused her.

She was in the Spirit. She perceived that Elisha was a Holy man of God, and she used her wealth to make life a bit easier for him.

It also strikes me that she was a very considerate woman, because that room contained four immediate things that Elisha would need. I am certain that she also provided food and water for him even though this isn’t stated in the Bible.

In verse 11, Elisha called her and asked what could be done for her. Chai! Do you know that this woman didn’t ask for anything. She didn’t even say that she needed a child. Imagine! If it were me sef! I can’t say that I wouldn’t list all my generational and spiritual problems. Lol.  Elisha asked if he could speak to the King or the Commander of the Army on her behalf and she refused. Can you see she wasn’t greedy. What she did for him, she did without expecting anything.

It was Gehazi, Elisha’s servant who told Elisha that the woman had no child. And Elisha called her and told her that she would have a child in a years time. If you want to read what she said check 2 Kings 4: 16. Lol.

From the above, we can see that she positioned herself to receive from God. She had a need, but she didn’t render help because of that need. I sure that even if Elisha hadn’t prayed on her behalf, God himself would have rewarded her good deed. God is a faithful God.

Strong Faith

Of course, she had the child. And he grew.

But the child suddenly died. You know how much she must have loved that child. Right! An only Child. The Bible tells us that the boy sat on her lap till noon before he died. She must have been devastated but do you know what this woman did?She didn’t take him to the mortuary or whatever they had then. She took the dead boy and laid him on Elisha’s bed. Even at that point of grief, she was still in the spirit. And informed her husband that she was going to seek Elisha. He tried to discourage her but she didn’t even argue. You can read her exact words in verse 23.

So she got on the donkey and off she went. Elisha saw her in the distance. Of course he was worried, he knew something was wrong. And it speaks to how much he valued her that he was worried mere seeing her. So he asked his servant to quickly go ask her if she, the hubby and the child were alright.

Now do you know what this remarkable woman said to Gehazi? “Everything is alright”.

Chai! All right ke? With a dead child at home. The one and only Child?

NIV version says “Everything is alright”. KJV says “It is well”. Can you imagine? I am astounded at that faith every time I read that passage. How many of us would not have started wailing and crying as soon as we arrived the Man of God’s place. You know so that the whole neighborhood would understand the gravity. Lol. ( I remember one time my phone got stolen. I was morose. Let me not lie, if anyone asked me anything the day it happened, I could not have said ‘it is well ‘and meant it). But not this woman. She didn’t even tell Gehazi anything. He was not her focus. She had a mission.

You see why we can’t go crying to the wrong people? You see why not everybody needs to know our problems? She reserved her drama for the Man of God. If you want to know what she displayed, read verse 27. Lol. No expo.

Elisha did not know what was wrong. God hid it from him. But do you know that Elisha was so connected to the woman in spirit that she only asked him a question and he knew what happened. Elisha tried to send Gehazi ahead with his staff, but the woman wasn’t having it. As I said earlier, she had a focus. So Elisha followed her. And of course the boy was revived. You can read what happened from verse 32 to 37.

Now, her story didn’t end there. In Chapter Eight, the woman still continued to benefit from her good deed. Read how she avoided seven years famine, found favour with the King on her return in 2 Kings 8 :1 – 6.

So guys! You do the work this time, what are the lessons. I really want to know how you interpret this woman’s actions. If you read up, you can see it differently too.

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    January 31, 2017 at 2:49 pm

    What a woman of faith! I love how she said, “everything is alright” though her child was DEAD. She didn’t resort to crying or hosting a pity party. She took concrete steps to resolve the situation. AND she was determined to get Elisha there, not his servant. We need to learn how to insist on what we want and not settle for less. Lord, may my faith be this strong.
    Thank you for sharing, Sister Bisi!

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      January 31, 2017 at 4:30 pm

      My sentiments exactly. What a woman of faith. Very resolute and sure of what she wanted.
      Amen and Amen. And me too oh.
      You are welcome dear.

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    February 1, 2017 at 4:29 pm

    Such a woman of faith i must say. It is easy to have faith when everything is going right, how about when everything stand stationary, it is easy at that point to accept the outcome as fate. But this woman wouldnt have none of it and is ready to go the extra mile even going to meet elijah on a donkey/ass to get her miracle (I once on a horse and seriously i didn’t enjoy the ride at all, Lol)
    so,so many lessons here in this post.
    thanks for sharing

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      February 1, 2017 at 11:50 pm

      I agree. A woman of faith indeed. As you have said, the true test of our faith is what we do when things aren’t going well. I feel like she knew who she was and how she got the Child and so she was confident of a solution,and she took active steps to get her miracle.
      Her story is a lesson on faith, kindness, practicality and resoluteness and fearlessness.
      Lol at horse riding. I have never been on one. How do those medieval people now ride long distances on Horseback? And I bet a donkey is even slower and more inconvenient.

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    February 7, 2017 at 9:13 am

    This woman has faith shaaa. Goodness! I can imagine my wailing if it was my only child that died, people for know wetin happen. lol
    She’s strong o. That her name wasn’t mentioned though…

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      February 7, 2017 at 11:44 pm

      My dear, I can’t even imagine it. God forbid. Losing a child is a terrible thing. Few people get over it totally.
      And we are Christians oh so her faith is even more remarkable because Jesus hadn’t come then. She probably hadn’t seen a dead person come alive before. But she still believed. May God help our faith.
      Abi. Only God knows why. Doesn’t detract from her story though.
      How are you FTJ?

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    February 11, 2017 at 2:27 pm

    Sister bisi bisi, wow, first, I must commend your blog look and feel, so crisp and cool.
    The shunamite woman, wow, have never read that passage with so much detail,and attention, indeed she has radical faith.


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      February 11, 2017 at 5:59 pm

      Awwww. Thank you so much Seyi. I appreciate it.
      Yes! She does have radical faith. And it’s remarkable.

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