2 Kings 2:9
When they had crossed, Elijah said to Elisha, “Tell me, what can I do for you before I am taken from you?”
“Let me inherit a double portion of your spirit,” Elisha replied.
But what if I fail?
What if I disappoint someone?
What if I am no good?
What if I am too old or too young?
What if they laugh at me?
I cannot tell you how many of these thoughts have entered my head. I am ashamed to say many of them have stopped me from following through with goals and plans. So many what ifs in my life that I will never get an answer for because I never even tried.
Elisha came from a wealthy family and was appointed to follow the profit Elijah around. So many miracles and accomplishments he must have seen. He knew all the time it was going to be his job to take over one day, but oh the shoes he was going to have to fill. How intimidating it had to have been to see all that Elija was doing and knowing what was going to be expected of him.
Yet, when it came his time to do just that there was no hesitation in his voice. There was no second guessing himself. Elijah asked him what he wanted and his quick, confident response was “a double portion of your spirit.”
I would be satisfied with a quarter of Elisha’s confidence.
Wait maybe that is the key here. Instead of concentrating on all the things that might go wrong, I should be asking for what I need to make them go right. I need to ask for what is not going to make me fall and what will help me fly! Because the only way I fail for sure is by not trying.
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