Poisonous Stew & An Abortion

by GfG on February 25, 2014 · 1 comment

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Sometimes Sunday School shows me something I’ve never seen before, despite already reading the particular passages of Scripture.  This Sunday, it was in 2 Kings 4:38-41.

We are studying the kings and prophets, which I love doing.  I have read the entire Bible and parts of it more than a few times, but God never fails to bring new teaching, new realization, and new application when I am willing to study, listen, and learn.

Sunday School was no different, even if it was about stew.

Here’s part of the passage:

Then one went out into the field to gather herbs, and found a wild vine and gathered from it his lap full of wild gourds, and came and sliced them into the pot of stew, for they did not know what they were.

So they poured it out for the men to eat.  And as they were eating of the stew, they cried out and said, “O man of God, there is death in the pot.”  And they were unable to eat.  2 Kings 4:40

Yes, that’s right.  One of the sons of the group of prophets went to get herbs and such to put in the stew and just grabbed some gourds off a vine, even though he didn’t know what they were.   A person who lives off the land.   Grabbing random gourds to feed a crowd.

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Hello?!

Even I have trained my pseudo-country kids to not do that.  I’m pretty confident that son of a prophet had heard the ol’ mom-ism, “Don’t eat anything from the wild if you don’t know what it is!”  Even if he wasn’t a Boy Scout.

I mean, really!  That’s just stupid.

So now the entire group has a pot of poisonous stew and can’t eat.  And there was a famine.  So… you know, they’re pretty hungry.

Still… poisonous stew isn’t good for anyone.  Prophet or no.   Son of a prophet or no.

So they ask Elisha for help.  The man of God changes the poisonous stew to edible stew by God’s power.

But he said, “now bring meal.”  He threw it into the pot and said, “Pour it out for the people that they may eat.”  Then there was no harm in the pot.

The fact that he changed the stew by using meal isn’t the point, though it’s kinda cool.  It’s all about God.

God changing death to life.

As I listened to this and read it myself, my spirit was struck.

A bad decision that meant death was changed to a satisfying feeding for others that meant life.

Just like my abortion story.

See… my abortion story was fresh on my mind Sunday not only because it was so close to the anniversary, but also because I was the guest on the The Dani Johnson Show Friday afternoon (I’m not actually on until about 35 mins into the 2 hour show, but then it’s me and Dani for the rest of the show).  She asked me to share aspects of my own Roe v Wade journey as well as testify to God’s grace and forgiveness.

I was honored.

{Why, yes!  I was incredibly nervous speaking LIVE on a nationwide radio show, thankyouverymuch.  Gratefully, Dani was easy to talk to and really kind.}

God took my stupid decision for death and has changed it to a story that can feed others.

Whether that means feed them truth so they don’t make the same stupid decision or

Feed them grace so they can walk in forgiveness or

Feed them the beauty in mercy so they can extend love to hurting brothers and sisters or

Feed them encouragement to share their own journey (even if only with a select few) to bring God glory is for God to decide.

He is the one that changed my poisonous stew to a filling meal for others.

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I’m grateful.  Humbled.  And so glad.

What poisonous stew has God changed in your life? 

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