Thank you for inviting me to dinner,” Elisha spoke kindly to the Shunammite woman. “I always enjoy your home when I come to Shunem. But now I must be on my way.” Elisha waved as he went down the road.
“The man of God needs a place to stay when he travels through our town,” the woman said to her husband. “Let’s build a little room for him up on the roof.” Her husband agreed. Soon some men were working to add a room to the top of the house. When Elisha came again, the room was ready. It was so good to have a place to stay!
One day while resting in his new room, Elisha sent his servant, Gehazi, to the woman. “Ask her what I can do to thank her,” Elisha said. But the woman said she had everything she needed.
“I would still like to do something for her,” Elisha said to his servant.
“She has no son,” Gehazi reminded his master. “And every woman in Israel wants to have children.”
Elisha sent for the kind woman. “This time next year you will be holding a son in your arms,” he told her with a smile. And the next year the woman and her husband had a baby boy!
The little boy grew and grew. One hot summer day he went to the fields where his father was working. Suddenly he cried out, “My head hurts! My head hurts!” His father called to a servant, “My son is sick. Quickly, take him to his mother.”
The servant carried the boy to the house. His mother held him on her lap and tried to help and comfort him. But he died. Her heart was broken. She went upstairs and put him on Elisha’s bed. Then she hurried to find Elisha.
Elisha went back home with the woman. Elisha prayed and prayed. And God answered his prayer. God put life back into the boy! The little boy sneezed. Then he sneezed again—and again! Altogether the little boy sneezed seven times, one right after another! Then he opened his eyes and sat up. “Go get his mother,” Elisha called to Gehazi. Gehazi hurried away and called the boy’s mother. The little boy’s mother came running. She saw her boy sitting up. She picked him up. She hugged him, kissed him, and hugged him some more. She thanked the Lord for blessing her so.
The Shunammite woman had been a blessing to Elisha. But the Lord had blessed her more— He had given her the same son twice!