The Story of a Dreamer: As Told By The Shunemite Woman
I recently preached a sermon about Elisha and the Shunemite woman. This particular story stood out to me because I could relate to the determination and drive of this woman. You can read the entire store in 2 Kings 8:8-37
I believe wholeheartedly that this woman was a part of a certain group of people that possess unique yet recognizable qualities. There’s just something about them. You can’t explain it, you can’t quite put your finger on it, but you just know that they’re special, they’re different.
These people are our dreamers, our hustlers, visionaries. Their personalities have been uniquely formed to fulfill a specific purpose divinely assigned by God. Life experiences have shaped them into something especially unique.
Dreamers don’t just create dreams, they fulfill their dreams. They work hard and pray harder. They relentlessly pursue the desires of their heart.
But dreamers have to understand
Being a dream chaser requires you to give up somethings and go without other things in order to reach your goals. And while other's will complain about not being able to hang with friends on the regular, visionaries understand that this is part of the process.
Hustlers also understand the importance of making silent moves and not sharing your struggles with everyone. People are waiting in shadows to sabotage your next move or prey on your weakness.
And lastly, but most importantly, a true dream chaser is serious about their calling and assignment. They don't get distracted and they remain focused at all times.
All of these qualities were shown in the Shunemite woman:
- (Sacrifice) The Shunemite woman made a room for Elisha to rest. She didn’t expect anything in return
- (Silence) The woman hadn’t told anyone that she wanted a child
- (Silence) She didn’t tell her husband when the child died. Even though he was the son's father, she understood that he couldn't do anything. She only wanted to get to Elisha
- (Silence) She wouldn’t talk to Gahazi when he asked her what was wrong. Again, her only focus was getting to the man of God
- (Seriousness) She was in a hurry
- (Seriousness) She was adamant that Elisha come back to her house with her. Even when Elisha tried to send Gahazi, she insisted that Elisha come with her.
The story of this wife, mother, and dreamer, is a reminder that prayers (especially secret ones) will be answered. It is also a reminder to pursue your dreams, even when life tries to take them away.