The soldiers of Aram tumbled out of their hiding place, brandishing their weapons and looking as scary as they knew how.
Instead of surprising the army of Israel, they had jumped out on an old peasant and his donkey. They hastily put away their swords and tried to look as if they were out for a picnic. The peasant hurried away, shaking his head and muttering.
‘It’s not fair!’ They stood before their King, shuffling and trying to pass the blame. ‘We keep hiding and jumping out, but they never show up!’
The King rubbed his beard. Why was the army of Israel so hard to catch?
One of his officers stepped forward. ‘He has a prophet, the King of Israel does. He knows everything we do in secret. His eyes are everywhere.’ He dropped his voice to sound spooky. The Queen shuddered and wrapped her robes around her.
The King stamped his foot. ‘That’s not fair. I want a prophet! Go and get me a prophet. And don’t come back until you have.’
Elisha stretched in bed. What shall we do today, Gehazi? I know, let’s play I spy. You go first.
Gehazi looked around the room. Two stools, two bowls, two bed rolls. Hmmm. He got up and looked out of the window.
‘Oh, my master, I spy something beginning with T… H… A… C… O… A...!’
Elisha turned onto his back and yawned. ‘Easy. The horses and chariots of Aram.’
Gehazi pouted. Playing I spy with a prophet was pretty tricky.
‘My turn,’ Elisha shouted with glee. ‘H… A… C… O… F…’
‘Heaps and clumps of fur?’
‘Huge awful clouds of funder?’
‘Gehazi! Try properly, or I won’t play any more.’
‘Well, I give up then.’
Elisha sighed. Playing I spy with someone who could only see with his eyes was pretty tricky. ‘Lord, open his eyes...’
‘Oh, I have it! Horses and chariots of fire! Angels everywhere! How silly of me not to get it straight away.’
Elisha nodded. Now, to do something about those pesky Arameans.
The soldiers of Aram had been doing so well. They’d tracked Elisha down to Dothan. They’d surrounded the city overnight. They had begun the charge… and then things started to go wrong.
‘Hey, who turned out the lights?’
‘Not so fast, you’re treading on my ankles.’
‘Mind out with that sword, it’s sharp you know.’
Then a voice through the thick fog. ‘Shall I show you the way?’
‘Lead on, friend.’
‘This way,’ soothed the voice. They all held hands and started to follow…
… up hills, ‘not so fast’… across fields, ‘I got stung’… over walls, ‘are we there yet?’… through streams, ‘I can’t swim!’
At last they stopped and sat down.
Elisha prayed, ‘Lord, open their eyes.’
‘Hey, where are we?’
‘We’ve been taken for a ride… well a long walk, anyway.’
‘Who are they?’
The King of Israel strolled over. ‘Good to see you all. Nice of you to drop in. Elisha, what do I do with them now?’
‘Oh, let’s have a party. Who’s for a game of blind man’s buff?’
Based on 2 Kings 6 v 8 – 23. If you don’t believe me, check for yourself!
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