Track Group | 31.3

Track Group | 31.3

Track Group | 31.3

Hi Everyone and welcome to our third online Track Group!

This week we are going to continue to look at the life of Elijah and gaining wisdom on wellbeing. Last time we looked at silence and listening to God. We reflected on how God spoke to Elijah in the still, soft, voice.

We are going to look a bit further along in Elijah’s story in this session. We are going to read about the end of Elijah’s time on Earth and his handing over to Elisha.

But first, isn’t it funny how your closest friends can sometimes know you better than yourself?

Something I really enjoy doing is personality questionnaires. Why don’t you gove this one a go then reflect on the questions underneath…

www.16personalities.com

  1. Were you surprised with your results?
  2. What did you think of your strengths and weaknesses?
  3. When you think about your close friendships do you work together personality wise?

Friends

We’ve been thinking about friendships a lot this term, especially at the Junction in our series on boundaries. Check out this funny little video from The Big Bang Theory…

  1. Do you have to share everything with everyone or is it ok to have zones of privacy?
  2. Have you ever shared a secret with a friend who didn’t keep it between the two of you?
  3. Have you ever done that to someone else?

God created us to be in relationship with each other. This fact doesn’t mean we have to be best friends with everyone and it is natural to be closer to some people rather than others. That doesn’t mean we can be mean to those we don’t form close bonds with though. And of course if a friend shares something with you that makes you think they might be in trouble or danger, it is okay to tell a trusted adult so that they can get the help or support they might need.

Today we are going to look at a specific type of friendship… a friend that is a mentor. A friend that guides you.

Elijah had this kind of relationship with Elisha. Have a read of their story here and have a think about the positive traits in their relationship…


For some further reading you can check out these other friendships in the Bible:

Eli and Samuel (This friendship is very much another mentoring relationship)

David and Jonathan

Naomi and Ruth

Paul and Timothy

2 Kings 2 (NIV)

When the Lord was about to take Elijah up to heaven in a whirlwind, Elijah and Elisha were on their way from Gilgal. Elijah said to Elisha, “Stay here; the Lord has sent me to Bethel.”

But Elisha said, “As surely as the Lord lives and as you live, I will not leave you.” So they went down to Bethel.

The company of the prophets at Bethel came out to Elisha and asked, “Do you know that the Lord is going to take your master from you today?”

“Yes, I know,” Elisha replied, “so be quiet.”
Then Elijah said to him, “Stay here, Elisha; the Lord has sent me to Jericho.”
And he replied, “As surely as the Lord lives and as you live, I will not leave you.” So they went to Jericho. 

The company of the prophets at Jericho went up to Elisha and asked him, “Do you know that the Lord is going to take your master from you today?”
“Yes, I know,” he replied, “so be quiet.”
Then Elijah said to him, “Stay here; the Lord has sent me to the Jordan.”
And he replied, “As surely as the Lord lives and as you live, I will not leave you.” So the two of them walked on.

Fifty men from the company of the prophets went and stood at a distance, facing the place where Elijah and Elisha had stopped at the Jordan. Elijah took his cloak, rolled it up and struck the water with it. The water divided to the right and to the left, and the two of them crossed over on dry ground.

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.
“You have asked a difficult thing,” Elijah said, “yet if you see me when I am taken from you, it will be yours—otherwise, it will not.”

As they were walking along and talking together, suddenly a chariot of fire and horses of fire appeared and separated the two of them, and Elijah went up to heaven in a whirlwind. Elisha saw this and cried out, “My father! My father! The chariots and horsemen of Israel!” And Elisha saw him no more. Then he took hold of his garment and tore it in two.

Elisha then picked up Elijah’s cloak that had fallen from him and went back and stood on the bank of the Jordan. He took the cloak that had fallen from Elijah and struck the water with it. “Where now is the Lord, the God of Elijah?” he asked. When he struck the water, it divided to the right and to the left, and he crossed over.

The company of the prophets from Jericho, who were watching, said, “The spirit of Elijah is resting on Elisha.” And they went to meet him and bowed to the ground before him.

Elijah was very much a role model for Elisha and established him as a leader in his own right.

Right now our friendships are so important. With all this social distancing going on it has restricted the ways in can contact those we are close to.

Do you have mentors in your own life?
If so, how are you going to keep some contact with them over the next few weeks or months?
If not, what would having a mentor look like for you?

Friends are so important when we are going through stuff…
Check out this brilliant little verse from Proverbs:

A friend loves at all times, and a brother (or Sister) is born
for a time of adversity. (Proverbs 17:17)

Prayer Time

For this week why don’t you pray for your friends…
You could pray for those finding it hard being in isolation.
You could also pray for that you havn’t spoken to in a while.

For me, it helps to pray with something on in the background… Why not use one of these worship songs here:

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