We kicked off a new series this past Sunday Night titled, “What’s Your Story?”
Before we got into worship and the message, we played a game called, “Pillow Joust”. Students stood on a crate and tried to knock their opponent off of their crate by hitting them with a pillow. You can check out one of the photos below from the game:
Tonight’s message was about the Shunammite woman found in 2 Kings 4:8-37. The message looked at three different aspects from the Shunammite’s story:
1. Receiving Her Heart’s Biggest Desire (2 Kings 4:8-17)
The Shunammite’s greatest desire was to have a child. In that culture, it was shameful for a woman not to bear a child to her husband. We can understand how the Shunammite woman must have felt embarrassed, like a failure, and inadequate. While our story may not be exactly like the Shunammite woman’s, we can certainly relate to the feelings that she would have felt as a result from not having a child. Because the Shunammite woman was a blessing to Elisha, the prophet and man of God, she received her heart’s biggest desire. The students were challenged to think about their heart’s biggest desire that they were seeking God for.
2. Losing Her Heart’s Biggest Desire (2 Kings 4:18-21)
The story of the Shunammite woman takes a heartbreaking turn in verses 18-21 when the woman’s son dies. We don’t know how old the boy was, but we can imagine the heartache the Shunammite must have felt after losing the son that she had finally received. Unfortunately, many of us have or will experience the pain and heartache that comes from losing someone or something that is very near and dear to our hearts. The Shunammite took her son and laid her on the bed of Elisha, probably because she recognized that the presence of God was on Elisha and hoped that he had left some behind from the last time he was their.
The Shunammite woman, like us, had two choices when she was faced with this heartbreaking situation: give up or fight.
3. Fighting for Her Heart’s Biggest Desire (2 Kings 4:22-37)
The Shunammite woman knew that there was only one way to overcome the unfortunate situation that she was now facing. Elisha represented the presence and power of God to the people, so the Shunammite went straight to Elisha and refused to leave him until he went with her to see her son. We too, need to be determined to fight and hold on to our faith in God when we are facing a situation that seems hopeless. When your circumstances and everyone around you tell you that there is no hope left, fight for your heart’s biggest desire that God has given you!
Fortunately, the Shunammite’s story had a happy ending. However, things in life may not always turn out how we hope or think they will. It’s in those times that must continue to fight to keep our faith and trust in God as we live out our life’s story.