(NIV1984) 2 Kings 2:12 – “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 own clothes and tore them apart.”
I imagine Elisha sobbing and crying at the end of this scene. Tearing the clothes apart was generally a sign of mourning. Also – his cry – “My father! My father! The chariots and horsemen of Israel!” – was he calling Elijah his father, or was that part of the standard cry?
And then there’s that next sentence – “And Elisha saw him no more.” With the focus on seeing in the past couple of days, this becomes even more important. He saw until he could see no more. Was he worried that he didn’t see him and his leaving enough?
And, again, a return to the mourning. Elijah and Elisha must have been very close. I don’t know how many years they spent together or how often it was just the two of them alone with God and each other, but I suspect it was a lot or even often. So losing Elijah – it’s a big deal in general but especially to Elisha.
And, really, shouldn’t he have been the most excited since Elijah was going to be with God? But he wasn’t.
So that means it’s ok for us not to be ok as well. We have the freedom to mourn when things change or we lose the ones we love most. Mourning is ok. Just don’t stay in it forever.