Elisha is a great prophet of God, and he was overseeing the sons of the prophets – the priests/pastors of the day. They were running out room to stay and asked if they could build larger facilities. (A good problem to have, right?)
Elisha gave them permission and so they each took an ax and cut down logs to begin construction. One of the men took a swing and the ax head separated from the handle and fell into deep waters. The man was struck to the heart and cried out – “Oh no, it wasn’t even mine…I borrowed it!!!” Elisha heard the cry and came over and asked what happened and the man explained the tragedy. Elisha took a stick, tossed it in the water above where the ax fell in and the ax head floated to the top so the man could retrieve it. (My version of 2 Kings 6:1-7)
I have read this story many times over the years – it’s short – just 7 verses and then nothing more on it. I’ve always wondered what the point of this story was. Then I re-read it again this past week and as I was settling in to bed I began to pray about my day, my worries, my hopes and the things that we all pray for the Lord revealed something to me. This passage is an answer to a question we ask all the time: does God really care about the small things in my life? The answer is YES. God deeply cares for the things that cause our hearts to seize up.
As a father, I see my little girl feel the highest highs and lowest lows over ‘the little stuff.’ Her crayon broke, it was her favorite color, and so she cries. Her favorite pajamas were clean and she is overjoyed and breaks into a dance. This is the little stuff, and as her father, I enter into those moments with her. I console her over the crayon because it is very real and significant to her in that moment. I join her in the dance over the PJ’s, because, why not?!
God is the same way with us. He is a good Dad who desires that we ‘cast all our cares on Him.’ Jesus wants nothing more than to enter into our lives – in the big stuff, and the little stuff and provide care for our hearts and souls. He wants to console you over what makes your heart sad, and he wants to dance with you when you rejoice. What is your sunken ax? Will you let God lift it for you?