2 Kings 2:1-12 (NRSV)
Chapter 2Now when the Lord was about to take Elijah up to heaven by a whirlwind, Elijah and Elisha were on their way from Gilgal. Verse 2Elijah said to Elisha, "Stay here; for the Lord has sent me as far as Bethel." But Elisha said, "As the Lord lives, and as you yourself live, I will not leave you." So they went down to Bethel. Verse 3The company of prophets who were in Bethel came out to Elisha, and said to him, "Do you know that today the Lord will take your master away from you?" And he said, "Yes, I know; keep silent." Verse 4Elijah said to him, "Elisha, stay here; for the Lord has sent me to Jericho." But he said, "As the Lord lives, and as you yourself live, I will not leave you." So they came to Jericho. Verse 5The company of prophets who were at Jericho drew near to Elisha, and said to him, "Do you know that today the Lord will take your master away from you?" And he answered, "Yes, I know; be silent." Verse 6Then Elijah said to him, "Stay here; for the Lord has sent me to the Jordan." But he said, "As the Lord lives, and as you yourself live, I will not leave you." So the two of them went on. Verse 7Fifty men of the company of prophets also went, and stood at some distance from them, as they both were standing by the Jordan. Verse 8Then Elijah took his mantle and rolled it up, and struck the water; the water was parted to the one side and to the other, until the two of them crossed on dry ground.
Verse 9When they had crossed, Elijah said to Elisha, "Tell me what I may do for you, before I am taken from you." Elisha said, "Please let me inherit a double share of your spirit." Verse 10He responded, "You have asked a hard thing; yet, if you see me as I am being taken from you, it will be granted you; if not, it will not." Verse 11As they continued walking and talking, a chariot of fire and horses of fire separated the two of them, and Elijah ascended in a whirlwind into heaven. Verse 12Elisha kept watching and crying out, "Father, father! The chariots of Israel and its horsemen!" But when he could no longer see him, he grasped his own clothes and tore them in two pieces.
Have you ever known in your heart that something in your life needs to change, but you can’t exactly pinpoint what that change should be? When this happens in my life, I turn to prayer. I pray to God and ask for help in figuring out what sort of shift my life needs. I always find comfort and solace when in prayer with our Lord. God comforts me in ways that nobody else can and I’m eternally thankful.
The situation is similar for Elisha in our Bible reading today. Elisha knows that change is on the horizon and is anxious about what that means. He is left with a lot of questions. God was calling him into something new, but what? Trust in God is key. Trust in God means the anxiety is washed away. Trust in God means that whatever change God has in mind for Elisha in the future, will be a good change.
Trustworthy God, thank you for always loving us just as we are and helping us change in ways that are good for us, even when change is hard and we are unsure of what that means for our lives. Amen.