She and her household were mindful of God and His ways, so much so that when the prophet Elisha instructed her to leave her homeland before the famine that would last seven years, the Shunammite woman obeyed. For seven years she stayed away, living in neighboring Philistia. In those days when land and farms were abandoned they were up for grabs. Most likely King Jehoram assumed ownership of her land in her absence.

          When it came time to return to her homeland, she knew she would have to appeal to the king to have her property restored to her. What she most likely did not know was how much God planned to restore what had been forfeited. The day she arrived to make her appeal was the same day that Elisha’s servant, Gehazi, was already in deep discussion with the king about some of Elisha’s miracles wrought by the hand of God. Just as he was telling the restoration of the Shunammite’s son’s life, she and her son appeared, giving Gehazi an opportunity to introduce her to the king. After hearing her appeal for her land, the king exclaimed, “Restore all that was hers, together with all the produce of the fields from the day that she left the land until now.”

          You may have stepped out in faith, answering the call of God. You may have been called away from family and friends and a place of familiarity. You may have spent years toiling simply because God said, “Go.” Just remember that there is great restoration coming if you faint not. God is in the business of restoring all that has been sacrificed to be obedient to His directive. You see, she didn’t just get her land back, but she also received all that she would have profited had she stayed. That is how God restores all things!

          2 Kings 8:1-6

          Lisa Eppinette