Saturday, July 12, 2008

The Woman of Shunem

Awhile back, a sweet Australian mum of six "tagged" me for a "meme."

If you don't know what that means, you're not alone. I'm relatively new to this world of blogging, and I am not quite adept at playing tag. Furthermore, I didn't know the definition of "meme." Or how to pronounce it.

So I did what any self-respecting new blogger would do. I looked it up on Wikipedia.

Apparently it is a unit of cultural information that is transmitted verbally or by repeated action from one mind to another.

There you have it.

So I guess this is where I explain the rules of this particular meme:

1. Choose a person in the Bible who most represents who you are.

2. Post it on your blog and include a visual illustration, scripture or bible story if you like

3. Link to the person that tagged you in your post and to this original post if possible so we can track it as it travels across the blogosphere.

4 .Tag five more blogs with links.

5. And don’t forget to leave a comment on the tagged blogs with an invitation to play!

I can do that.

I'm choosing the Woman of Shunem found in 2 Kings.

I can relate to her on many levels. She is hospitable to Elisha. She does not hesitate to make him welcome in her home. She provides meals for him and asks nothing in return. She is self-sufficient and does not ask for help from others.

In today's world, she would probably have a Blackberry and a power suit. She would think that she has everything under control. And she would not ask for help, even from God, until something earth shattering happens.

That's exactly what happens to the Woman of Shunem. She doubts her ability to produce a child, and she does not turn to God or trust Him until the child dies and she has nowhere else to turn.

This woman's faith is restored after Elisha restores the life of her son. She realizes that there are times when we all need others.

This is an area in which I have struggled. I don't like to need people. I like to be self-sufficient and have everything under control. Marriage, four kids, and farm life have done much to mend that attitude, but re-reading the story of the Woman of Shunem reminds me that my journey is not yet complete.

And now for the business of tagging people: If you're reading this, you're tagged.

That wasn't even painful. Maybe I can survive this blogging thing.

1 comment:

Mum-me said...

Well done! That was my first meme too and, after reading many memes on other blogs, I thought it was a worthwhile one.

Thanks for playing along. I know Debi (who started this particular meme) will be pleased too.

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