The Bible, both Old and New Testaments, is full of miracles. They happen for various reasons, but always they are a sign of God’s intervention in human affairs, and they always bring glory to God, because they are supernatural occurrences that defy human explanation. The sun gets extra time in the sky, the dead are raised, the blind see, Jesus walks on water, manna falls from heaven, and an iron axe head floats.
Wait a minute. What was that last one?
Lots of people don’t know this story unless they have come upon a few obscure verses in 2 Kings 6:1-7 that tell an unusual story that seems unrelated to anything very important. Elisha was hanging out with some of his prophets-in-training (we would call them interns) when the company of prophets suggests that they go to the Jordan River and build a larger place for them to meet. Elisha okays the idea and down they go to the river and start chopping down poles to make their building.
Suddenly, while they are working away, an axe head flies off of one of the prophet’s axe handles and splashes into the river. “Oh no, my lord!” the prophet cried out to Elisha. “It was borrowed!”
Now it’s important to note that this was the extent of the dilemma. This is not a life or death situation. It could have been solved any number of ways. It didn’t call for a miracle. And yet Elisha turns it into one. Maybe he saw it as a teaching moment for him and his interns. Who knows? But Elisha asks the prophet to show him where the axe head went into the water, which he does. Elisha then throws a stick into the water at that place, and up comes the iron axe head floating to the surface where the relieved prophet can pick it up.
So what’s the point? The point is, it’s all important to God. This is no big deal, except that the prophet cared about it, so Elisha cared about it, and so did God. This means that God cares about what you care about even though it might seem inconsequential on a larger scale. We already know there’s nothing too big for God; now we know there’s nothing too small for God, either. So don’t hesitate to bring everything to Him. There are miracles, and then there are miracles. No big or small. Just God breaking in on our lives. Would that we had more of this.