13He picked up the mantle of Elijah that had fallen from him, and went back and stood on the bank of the Jordan. 14He took the mantle of Elijah that had fallen from him, and struck the water, saying, “Where is the Lord, the God of Elijah?” When he had struck the water, the water was parted to the one side and to the other, and Elisha went over. 15When the company of prophets who were at Jericho saw him at a distance, they declared, “The spirit of Elijah rests on Elisha.” They came to meet him and bowed to the ground before him. 16They said to him, “See now, we have fifty strong men among your servants; please let them go and seek your master; it may be that the spirit of the Lord has caught him up and thrown him down on some mountain or into some valley.” He responded, “No, do not send them.” 17But when they urged him until he was ashamed, he said, “Send them.” So they sent fifty men who searched for three days but did not find him. 18When they came back to him (he had remained at Jericho), he said to them, “Did I not say to you, Do not go?” 19Now the people of the city said to Elisha, “The location of this city is good, as my lord sees; but the water is bad, and the land is unfruitful.” 20He said, “Bring me a new bowl, and put salt in it.” So they brought it to him. 21Then he went to the spring of water and threw the salt into it, and said, “Thus says the Lord, I have made this water wholesome; from now on neither death nor miscarriage shall come from it.” 22So the water has been wholesome to this day, according to the word that Elisha spoke. (2 Kings 2:13-22, NRSV)
Elisha saw Elijah go up into heaven so he got a double portion of his spirit, and the power God had given Elijah rested with Elisha.
Why do we go looking for things we know we will not find? What is something you have looked for you knew you would not find? Sometimes we seek things we think we want or need and we do not actually need them. We may still want them. But it is not what we need. When I was in the call process looking for my current call, I wanted several of the calls I was interviewing for. I was always looking at the openings to see what is available and where I could possibly go. I thought I could find the best call, but it wasn’t until a call came out of the blue from an area I wasn’t even looking at, and that is where God needed me.
We should fix our eyes on what God has for us and let that happen, and not think we know better.