The Axe Head Recovered
6 Now the sons of the prophets said to Elisha, “Behold now, the place before you where we are living is too limited for us. 2 Please let us go to the Jordan and each of us take from there a beam, and let us make a place there for ourselves where we may live.” So he said, “Go.” 3 Then one said, “Please be willing to go with your servants.” And he [a]answered, “I shall go.” 4 So he went with them; and when they came to the Jordan, they cut down trees. 5 But as one was felling a beam, [b]the axe head fell into the water; and he cried out and said, “Alas, my master! For it was borrowed.” 6 Then the man of God said, “Where did it fall?” And when he showed him the place, he cut off a stick and threw it in there, and made the iron float. 7 He said, “Take it up for yourself.” So he put out his hand and took it.
On the surface, you look at this and think, “oh cool, he made an iron axe head float!” But I want to point out something here, that we too often forget. God cares about the “small” things in our lives. And he even cares about physical and material problems.
After all, God created the physical/material world, much of it for us to enjoy and revel in. This should not have been a big deal, sure an axehead back then was probably harder to come by than now, but it was not some huge thing that was going to ruin his life. Ruin his day? You bet, but not a major deal.
But Elisha’s reaction mirrors our Father’s when he takes action to rescue the axe head. He cared, because it was a problem for the young man. Not because of the magnitude of the situation, or because there was some big spiritual lesson to be learned. Just because He cares for us. And remember, Elisha didn’t make it float, that was all God there!
So no matter your woes, big or small, spiritual, physical, or emotional. Take it to God, because He cares for you.