As I was washing a sack of rice today, I had cut open the rice bag a little more on its sides, so that it would be easier for me to scoop it out with my big, round scooper. But as I was cutting the bag’s ends with a scissor, I had accidentally cut a small piece of the bag, and it had fallen into the rice-washing water tub.
Around and around, I swished the water to wash the rice, while trying to keep my eyes peeled for the itty-bitty yellow piece of plastic bag that had fallen in.
Oh, there it is! Rats, it’s gone again. Ooop, there! Oy, gone again…
Finally, on the tub’s 3rd rinse, that little piece of plastic had floated up, and I quickly pulled it out.
While I had been waiting for that piece to come up out of the water, I suddenly remembered a Bible story that I hadn’t ever thought about before. So I didn’t even know where in the world to look for it in the Bible when I had gotten home later.
As usual, when in doubt, ya Google it. And so I did. It was in chapter 6 of 2 Kings where that story was:
When they arrived at the Jordan, they began cutting down trees. But as one of them was cutting a tree, his ax head fell into the river. “Oh, sir!” he cried. “It was a borrowed ax!”
“Where did it fall?” the man of God asked. When he showed him the place, Elisha cut a stick and threw it into the water at that spot. Then the ax head floated to the surface. “Grab it,” Elisha said. And the man reached out and grabbed it.
~ 2 Kings 6:4-7
Later today, one of our customer’s orders hadn’t been made correctly. So it was me who had went to go deal with that customer – as I hoped to not get too deaf from her yelling at me about her order.
As I drove to meet with her, I prayed to God to somehow make the upcoming situation in a way that she will not be too mean to me.
But then, I thought, hey, since God is a God of miracles, I’m gonna “up” this prayer. God, can I ask You if You can make it so that the customer just doesn’t get mad at me at all? Like, at all? Please…?
And wouldja know it, that customer (who was with several other folks who woulda normally all yelled at me together) did not get mad at me at all. Because she was so busy, she said that she would just call me later, and will probably postpone her order for next week.
So I left there with my level of hearing being the same as when I had went into there, and all was good. Whew.
As the Aramean army advanced toward him, Elisha prayed, “O Lord, please make them blind.” So the Lord struck them with blindness as Elisha had asked.
~ 2 Kings 6:18
Whenever I had read the story of the floating ax head, I had always thought how odd that story was. Although it was brief miracle story, it still seemed kinda irrelevant to me to have been included in the Bible’s stories.
Sometimes, we can tend to think that the stories in the OldTestament don’t have any relevance to today’s situations. But I can see now how that odd, short miracle story is certainly relevant for me today!