2Ki 4:18-19, 18 And the child grew. Now it happened one day that he went out to his father, to the reapers. 19 And he said to his father, “My head, my head!” So he said to a servant, “Carry him to his mother.”
Women are the strongest beings in my judgement. The kind of pain they can withstand, and endure where men easily give in or give up. Picture some of the single mothers taking more roles in upbringing their children. In sports, especially in the black community, some of the players credit their mothers for their success. From beliving in them, discipline, working number of jobs to provide, encouraging them to discover their talents, driving them to practices, standing there to cheer them even after success is realized. A number will tell you that their fathers were not in their lives or they don’t know who their father is or was.
These stories resonate with the Shunnamite woman in this passage. The child mentioned was a gift to her for treating a prophet of God with kindness (she was barren). In time as the child grew and old enough to go to the field with his father, one day he became sick. The father perhaps not knowing what to do had his servants carry him to his mother. It is the mother who is the best comforter. She laid him her lap and after sometime, he died. At this point everyone else could be planning for a funeral, not with her. She remembered her child of promise when she begged the man of God not to lie to her. She resolved to put a “coma” where many would put a “period”. According to her, only the man of God would have to come and certify that the situation was impossible. The actions she took would not be popular and in that she did not share what had just happened lest they try to talk her out of it. She encouraged herself, the family and journeyed many miles to find the man of God, and God did not disappoint nor fail her. The mother’s splendid faith is that God would make all-grace abound toward her and her household. By this faith women received their dead raised to life, (Heb 11:35).