How easily in trouble

A poem by Scott Barton for the third Sunday after Pentecost.

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A reflection on 2 Kings 2:1–2, [3–5], 6–14.

Elisha sure was anxious
When his master had to go,
So in the text he snaps at those
Who snidely tell him so;

I think that the disciples found
Themselves in such a boat,
For Jesus to Jerusalem?
His death did that connote;

And so when they felt dissed by those
Who would not let them in,
Their anxious hearts lashed out at such
Outrageous, blatant sin.

How eas’ly, when in trouble, do
We trouble only see,
But Jesus stays the course of love,
And just says, “Follow me.”

Writer’s note: The lectionary omits vss. 3–5 in the Elisha passage, but I leave it in because I think it further illustrates Elisha’s anxious state of mind.