Earl A. Jones, Ed.D.

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The One That Did Not Get Away | Part Four

That Was Not Supposed to Happen …

A Perfect Fit

The Shunemite woman must have felt like I have felt many times in my life. One specific time comes to mind. I had done all I could do to put a ‘Perfect Fit’ out of my mind! This situation was Perfectly Fit & Tailor Made for me! 

Not just in my mind. This was a Perfectly Fit Desire! Implanted in my heart by God. And I knew, that I knew, that I knew, that it was Just Perfect for me!

And I didn’t get it …

So I tried again …

And I didn’t get it, again …

… and again, and again …

So, after what I knew was a Perfect Fit for me, never Manifested. And after I had prayed and prayed, time after time, knowing that I did not put this Desire in my own heart. I knew beyond the shadow of a doubt that God had Implanted this one inside of me. I knew this because if it were up to me, I would have chosen something else. But I could not. Because I knew this was the Perfect Fit! And that it was Tailor Made for me. So, I had to get it.

However, after many attempts, I tried to put that Perfect Fit out of my heart and mind. I moved on to catch the next fish. 

I figured “God wants me to move on!” Although in my heart of hearts, I knew God had Prepared me, via every Obedient Step, as well as the not so obedient ones, on this Journey for ‘such a Perfect Fit as this (Esther 4:14).’ 

I tried to use my own Jedi Mind Tricks to just put it out of my head, as best I could anyway. And just move on to ‘bigger and better things.’ “Plenty of other fish in the sea, Jones!” 

And I was not actually going against God when I did this. However, I was rearranging His order and Timing. Instead of waiting on God. And remaining flexible and Opened to God’s Perfect Will and Timing.

All I had to do was Believe …

Then SUDDENLY …

Out of nowhere …

He gave me …

THAT exact … 

Yet oft delayed … 

Perfect Fit! … 

However …

Halfway to shore …

My Perfect Fit died …

What?!?

Wait!!!

That Was Not Supposed to Happen!!!

… But now that my Perfect Fit has actually died …

I wondered …

Would God Resurrect what He Promised me? …

What He had Given me …

Albeit, in His Own Time …

If so …

All I had left …

Was to Trust Him & Believe …

So, the Shunamite woman, facing the prospect of her only son, who she waited on all her life, dying as a young boy. This was a son that she tried as hard as she could to put out of her heart and mind, regarding the desire to even have a son. She tried, she failed. Yet God had Promised. God had Implanted that Dream deep in her heart. It was her hearts one true Desire. And in His Time, He Delivered. 

But That Was Not Supposed to Happen …

Her Promise was not supposed to die. Her son was supposed to live a long and fruitful life. A life that would far surpass her own. She was supposed to have grandchildren one day. … And hopefully ‘the old man’ would be around to enjoy the grandbabies too! 

Now remember, that ‘old man’ was one of the “Stay Ready All Stars!” So he wasn’t going nowhere!

But her young son died …

After she tried and tried to have him …

After she tried and tried to put him out of her heart and mind …

After God Promised that she would FINALLY have him …

… One Year from Today …

Then, she had him …

She loved him …

He was her Perfect Fit …

Then he died …

… That Was Not Supposed to Happen … 

God was testing the Shunemite woman. Just like He was testing me and my Perfect Fit. He wanted to know if we would allow our Perfect Fit to be Delivered in His Timing! 

Going back to my Perfect Fit … that suddenly died when I was in the process of reeling it in …

At the next opportunity, before it died, while I was reeling it in, I tried again. During that pre ‘God Gave it to me … then it died’ phase, I had already, honestly, just like The Fish Tale, put this Perfect Fit out of my mind. But I tried again anyway! I figured, “one more time! What have I got to lose? I have already moved on anyway!” Then He Gave me my Perfect Fit … only to have it die before I fully had it …

Now to me, in my heart and mind, before I had it, after many failed attempts to get it, but did not, then got it, then lost it, I had put that Perfect Fit out of my mind. I had moved on to the Next Promised Perfect Fit! The Next Step in the Journey. But God does not let us skip Steps. However, God does make us wait on His Perfect Timing. And in most instances, He makes us wait for the COMPLETE FULFILLMENT of His Promised Perfect Fits!

Resurrected Dreams 

If the Shunemite woman had just Trusted God, as difficult as that would have been at that time, The Stick Would Have Been Enough! The boy would have come back to life. 

God would have Resurrected the Dream!

Elisha could have remained in Mt. Carmel. The Shunemite woman could have gone home, at a less harried pace, riding her donkey. Gehazi might have found some people to say hello to on the way back. And the boy would have been sitting up on Elisha’s bed, waiting on momma, … with a stick in his mouth! … 

The One That Did Not Get Away

But she did not. Understandably so in many ways. She found it difficult, through her distress, regarding the death of her Dream, her only son, to Believe that The Stick Was Enough to Resurrect her Dream. 

It was … 

But for her … 

It “Was Not” …

She, as I say “unplugged from the Power Source.” She rendered the Stick, and the Power of God that was in that Stick, inoperable because of her unbelief. 

She told the Man of God that you must come with me RIGHT NOW! You are not sending a Stick to take care of this problem. However, it was not a Problem for God. Nor was it for the Man of God. The Stick Was Enough … if she had let it be enough. 

But she did not. She probably felt that she could not. So, Elisha got himself ready to travel to Shunem, to the home of this woman who had been so generous with and kind to him over the years.

When they arrived, Elisha went up to his room on the roof of her home and found the child right where God showed him that the Shunemite woman had laid him. Gehazi had already returned and told Elisha that nothing happened when he laid the stick on the boy’s mouth. Elisha knew that too.

Elisha prayed. Then he stretched himself out on the boy, face to face, hand to hand, body to body. And Elisha prayed, again.

Suddenly the boy’s body …

The Shunemite woman’s Dream …

Her Perfect Fit …

… Started to show some signs of life! …

The boy’s body became warm, as Elisha laid on him. So, Elisha got up, paced back and forth in his room and prayed again. Then the Holy Man of God laid on the boy again, face to face, hand to hand, body to body.

Then the boy sneezed seven times …

And he woke up …

The son of the Shunemite Woman was ALIVE! …

The Dream Was Resurrected …

That Which Was Not Supposed to Happen … ultimately did not happen! Yes, the Dream died. The boy was dead, probably for hours. But God only intended to test the Shunemite Woman’s Faith (Job 13:15). 

God intended to prove to the Shunemite woman and all succeeding generations that, when God Manifests a Dream in your life, one He placed and Implanted deep in your heart. A Dream that will be Manifested in His Timing. 

God planned to prove to her that although He may have Tested her Faith, after allowing her Perfect Fit to be brought to life. He never intends for that Promise to die prematurely. God showed her that if you remain in Faith, He will ensure that …

The Perfect Fit Will Never Get Away!