— by Leta Witt, pastor’s wife and free-lance writer from Gravette, Arkansas.
“And it came to pass, when they were gone over, that Elijah said unto Elisha, Ask what I shall do for thee, before I be taken away from thee. And Elisha said, I pray thee, let a double portion of thy spirit be upon me” (II Kings 2:9).
As a young bride, we visited my husband’s grandma’s house on several holidays. While setting the table, it amused me to see names on pieces of paper taped on some dishes. When I asked about it, she told me that when she died, those people were to receive those dishes. I felt it a rather strange practice, so it was several years before I gathered courage to ask for “my inheritance” — a set of stemware glasses. They are in my cabinet today.
Elisha somehow knew that his mentor Elijah would soon leave him and go to heaven. The two men visited companies of the prophets at Bethel, Jericho, and Gilgal. At each place, Elijah told Elisha to stay there, but Elisha was determined to stay with his teacher. After crossing the Jordan on dry ground, when asked what he wanted, Elisha was ready with his answer — he wanted to inherit Elijah’s ministry. I imagine Elijah was pleased with the request, but of course, the determination was left up to the Lord. As Elisha saw him leave, he knew his request had been granted. His had indeed been a wise choice.
The choices of our youth may well affect us and others for eternity.