Don’t you hate it when someone borrows something from you and then loses it? What’s worse than that? How about when you borrow something from a friend
and lose it? Don’t you feel embarrassed going back to your friend?
In 2 Kings 6 we read about a building project that the school of prophets had undertaken. The school was too small for all the students and so under Elisha’s direction they decided to put up a new building. Off they went to chop down some trees. During the work the axe head flew off and landed in the Jordan River. The man cried out: “Alas, my master! It was borrowed.” And so the borrowed axe head sank to the bottom.
“Elisha then asked, “Where did it fall?” When he showed him the place, he cut off a stick and threw it in there and made the iron float. And he said, “Take it up.” So he reached out his hand and took it.” (2 Kings 6:5-7)
Did you catch that? The iron axe head floated. Many people have dismissed this story as impossible since iron doesn’t float. But of course, if you believe in miracles and a God who created everything out of nothing, then the story is very possible and easy for God to do. It tells us that God cares about our everyday circumstances. It teaches us about him and his providential purpose to work all things for our growth if we will only trust him. God cares for us in our everyday circumstances.
Jesus reminded us that the flowers of the field and the birds of the air are taken care of by our heavenly Father. He tells us not to be overly concerned about tomorrow, what we will wear or what we will eat. Rather he encourages us to seek God and his Kingdom first. Then we can simply rest in his care.