First the squealing would begin then her arms would latch round my middle and hold tight. When I tried to walk on, she would move in tandem with me because she wasn’t letting go. I had recently married and she was one of my younger cousins. Though I didn’t fully appreciate her clinging at the time when I was 18, I look back and smile at the memories wishing I’d held her a little tighter in return.
Those reunion times came to mind as I was reading of Elijah’s final day on earth. Some time back, God had Elijah to call Elisha to be his replacement. In 2 Kings 2, God was ready to call Elijah home but Elisha didn’t want to let go. Three times Elijah told Elisha to stay in one place while he went on but Elisha refused to be separated even after a number of prophets spoke to him along the way about God taking his master that very day. Finally Elijah turned to Elisha and asked,
“Tell me, what can I do for you before I am taken from you?” 2 Kings 2:9
I love Elisha’s response because he wasn’t afraid to ask for something big from God. To Elijah he said-
“Let me inherit a double portion of your spirit.” 2 Kings 2:9
Apparently God was pleased with Elisha’s request for he granted it.
James teaches us that we have not because we ask not or we ask with the wrong motive. Elisha wasn’t afraid to step up and ask for more so he could better serve God.
Lord, thank you for the reminder from Elisha today to step up and ask for great things in your Name and for your glory. I want to better serve you today, would you grant me the wisdom, guidance, and help I need to do so. Amen!