As one of them was felling a timber, his axhead flew off and sank in the river.
~II Kings 6:5, MSG
Sometimes we have to loose something to fully appreciate what we had.
The seminary students under the tutoring of Elisha wanted to build extra dormitory rooms for the seminary and so they went to the river to cut some timber. Being preachers, they didn’t have the money or the tools so they borrowed an ax. The ax handle had not been soaked or wedged properly and the ax head flew off the handle and went into the river. The handle was no problem. Handles were carved from wood and very common: the iron ax head was a different matter. It had great value and it was borrowed. The handler of the ax was not being lazy but he did get careless: every woodman can tell when the ax head is lose.
Actually this is the way we lose most things including our temper: we just get careless. You can lose a job by being careless. You can lose a family by being careless. A man came to me some 20 years ago and said, “Preacher, she told me a half dozen times that if I didn’t change, she was going to leave. I never believed she would do it, but guess what: she is gone and she said she was not coming back, and I have no one to blame except myself.” Not many people are this honest. He was telling the truth, she never came back.
The seminary story has a happy ending. Elisha recovered the ax: his prayer or faith or both brought the ax head to the top of the water. The ax head was floating on the surface and a seminary student reached out and retrieved it. Just remember, it took a miracle to recover what they had lost. Be careful with what God has entrusted to you: if you lose it, there is always the possibility you will not get it back.
Joyce was right about the blogs. The Monday-Wednesday that I posted from the house did not post and were not saved. They are gone and for the life of me, I can’t remember what they were about. I ran out to the office this morning to see if it will post from here. This is a test of sorts. I hope you get it.