UP AND DOWN

II Kings 4:18—37

She was already praying and comforting and holdinghim tight.But as soon as her only son died,she went up with him.Where?To the prophet's room—to a higher, more spiritualview of God and man.Then she went down.Where?In lowliness like the "woman...which was a sinner" Luke 7:37. to the very feetof the man of God,reaching meekly and ferventlyfor even more of the eternal Christ.When Elisha came, he also went up, twice, and down,Letting Truth stretch out his alert, submitting thoughtto see that boy exactly as he saw himself—God's emphatic reflection."Take up thy son," he said to her.She, in great humility before the Christ-idea,accepted this high idea of sonship,and embraced anew her son.

We don't know much about that day.It was probably hot, as usual,with hundreds of others shuffling and rushingthis way and that.But at least two of them that day brokethe common dimensions of horizontal matter-thoughtTo go both down and up in meekreaching for Christly heightsand depthsthat proved God's love.

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