I remember an Australian TV show I used to watch as a kid called "Neighbors". It had a catchy theme song that went in part like this:
Everybody needs good neighbors
Just a friendly wave each morning
Helps to make a better day..."
I was reminded of this show as I mused over Elisha's miracle for the prophet's widow recorded in 2 Kings 4. Her husband had died and left her with two sons and a whole lot of debt. The creditors were threatening to take her sons in lieu of payment. Desperate she cried to Elisha to help her. When asked what she had in her house, the widow responded she had nothing but a jar of oil. To that Elisha said "...“Go, borrow vessels from everywhere, from all your neighbors—empty vessels; do not gather just a few," 2 Kings 4:3. Elisha instructed her to pour her jar of oil into all the empty vessels collected, sell the oil, pay off her debt and live on the rest.
I am thinking the widow must have had good neighbors but most importantly she must have been a good neighbor, for her to be able to go through all the neighborhood to ask for vessels and for the neighbors to willingly give her their vessels.
If it were you, would you have been able to go ask and would they have given their vessels to you? The neighbors you do not talk to or nod a greeting to or smile at or wave to? The neighbors you have quarreled with; the neighbors you are unkind to? Being a good neighbor does not cost much but being a bad one can cost you quite a bit.
Jesus taught us through the parable of the Good Samaritan that our neighbors are not just the ones who live next door but everyone we come across. A kind word, a helping hand, a smile can go a long way to make a difference.
I know we live in difficult times and it is hard to trust people and you do not want your actions misconstrued etc, but as Christians we are expected to bring light wherever we go and to be at peace with all as much as it depends on us. (Romans 12:18) So go on and be a good neighbor, you never know when you may need to borrow vessels.
Lady Monica ❤