When you stand in the presence of the Divine, the Amazing, or the Powerful what do you ask for? Elisha will not leave Elijah in his last moments on earth in today’s reading from 2 Kings. They go on together, Elijah using his rolled up mantle to strike the water in order to part it so that they may cross dry shod to the other side. Elijah turns and asks what he can do for Elijah prior to being taken. How would you answer this question?
Elisha responds in a lovely way. He could have asked for so many things but instead he chooses to asks to inherit a double portion of the prophet’s spirit. Something about who Elijah was has captured Elisha’s attention and created within a desire to be similar, a desire to have what he exuded. Elijah says it is a hard thing that he asks for but says if he sees him as he leaves, then it shall be granted. We must have the eyes to see what it is we want.
Elisha had clearly seen what he wanted–it was not riches, fame or long life. He did not ask for an easy road. He requested a spiritual gift and then kept his eyes open. I find that many people are telling me what they admire in me and sometimes I feel overwhelmed by insights and memories. It is as if I am receiving a double share of blessings when I listen to these messages–of how I have lived and how I am living. I wish we could all do this on a regular basis–tell the best of what we see in people and then commit to emulating it. How powerful would that be?
Who do you emulate? What gift would you ask them for if they had the power to give it?
Do you keep your eyes open for the gifts around you?
Open my eyes, Creator, to what I need to see. Open my heart so that I may seek in accordance to Your Holy Will, the right gifts that you wish for me to discover. Open my mind to think creatively about what You are asking from me. Amen.