The Shunammite woman was a renowned and possibly even an affluent woman. She showed great hospitality to Elisha and his servant, when they came to her town of Shunem. She even asked her husband to add a room to their home, so that Elisha and his servant could rest and study there.
Elisha was touched by her kindness and wanted to do something for her. His servant told Elisha that she had no children... Elisha then told her she would a conceive a son... she was uncertain... but trusted the man of God. A year later she gave birth to a son.
One day when the little boy was out in the fields, he became ill... his father had a servant take the boy to his mother. She held him in her arms until he died... she then took the boy to Elisha's room and lay him on the bed. She knew no one would go into that room and she knew she had to move quickly.
She promptly mounted a donkey and gave the command to her servant, "Go forward; do not slacken your pace unless I tell you to." She needed answers and she needed them now. She drove the donkey while her servant, who was most likely running beside the donkey, continued to strike it with a stick... to keep up the pace. After all... this was at least a 15 plus mile journey from Shunem to Mount Carmel. She was determined in her time of trouble to seek the prophet... more importantly, she knew she had to seek God!
I love this story because, it seems the Shunammite woman didn't panic... she didn't take time to cry or mourn... she was not fixated on her son's death. She knew what she had to do... she had to get to the prophet Elisha... she had to get to God, and she did!! In doing so her son, once again LIVED!
It should be noted that while she was seeking God for the answer to her son's death... It was well with her, she was at peace... she had faith! The verse above tells us just this: The prophet saw her coming and he told his servant to go... "Run now, I pray thee, to meet her, and say unto her, Is it well with thee? is it well with thy husband? is it well with the child?" And she answered, "It is well"... 2 King 4:26
This beautiful story opens our eyes, as to what we should do when a trial or adversity strikes. First, we must not waste time worrying or fretting and second we must have an immediate response to SEEK GOD! The Shunammite woman did just this... she did not hesitate and she did not flounder in what she wanted done. Her only hope was God and she sought the prophet because he was a man of God.
We must strive to seek and know God while things are going well... just as the Shunammite woman did. This woman had learned about God from Elisha... and when she faced one of the biggest trials in her life... she was well ready and she had all the faith that she needed to trust God for the answers!!
I pray that we all are ready to trust God... with just such a faith... in our own trials! We can be as confident as the Shunammite woman... if we seek God before, during and through our trials! And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart. Jeremiah 29:13