Everyone has a need

I’ve been reflecting on the stories of two women in the old testament of the Holy Bible. The stories appear in the 4th chapter 2 Kings. They both detail encounters with the Prophet Elisha (the man with the double double annointing)
In the first story, there was a widow in great distress. She was in debt and in danger of losing her sons to the creditors. She ran to the Prophet in desperation. She had no options, she had no airs, no pride. Nothing. She saw no way out. She didn’t know what to do but she refused to accept her situation as final. She had a need and she went for help.
The second story is different. She was rich and had no lack. She went to the Prophet, not to seek help, but to offer it. When pressed, she responded that she had no need of anyone’s assistance. She was self-assured and at peace with herself. She had accepted her circumstances and no longer considered it a need.
It took the watchful eyes of the Prophet’s servant for her need to be identified. Interestingly, both women had their needs met by the same means- a word from the prophet.
The first woman had her need in front of her and she actively tried to solve it; the second had her need buried so deep she no longer saw it as such.
What is your need today? Buried deep or surface level, every need can be met. Rich or poor, we all have needs. Some obvious, others hidden. Whatever your need(s), be assured the solution is not so far away. Whether you go seeking for help or you go seeking to help, may your need be met speedily!

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