I’ve been MIA from the blog for a few weeks. The reason? I’m swamped with freelance writing projects and tight deadlines. I’m grateful for the work, and I hope to be back to my weekly posting schedule in March. But, in the meantime, here’s something to think about:
Do you remember the story of Naaman and Elisha? It’s in 2 Kings 5.
Naaman, Captain of the Aramean army of Damascus (Syria), had leprosy. Sores covered his body, and he faced not only a painful death, but also alienation.
Leprosy scarred a person’s body and also their character. It was contagious. It made people afraid. Often the diseased were cast out to live in colonies—together, but alone—torn away from those they loved.
Naaman was not that sick yet.
He did not believe in God, but his little servant girl did, and she suggested that Naaman visit God’s prophet, Elisha. Maybe he could heal Naaman’s disease.
So, out of desperation, Naaman went.
When he arrived at Elisha’s house, he expected Elisha to come out, speak some words over him, maybe wave his hands around Naaman’s body; but that didn’t happen. Elisha didn’t even come to the door. Instead, he sent his servant who said: Go dip yourself in the river seven times, and you will be healed.
Simple. Too simple to be true. That’s what Naaman thought. Hogwash! If God existed so great and mighty as His people believed, then certainly God would heal with a great and mighty act. Naaman would have left if his servants hadn’t convinced him: Give it a try.
Imagine this powerful captain, rugged and strong from years of fighting, carrying out the simple act of dipping seven times in the Jordan River hoping that his skin would become like a baby’s.
But Naaman did. He dipped seven times, and God healed him, not only his body but also his heart. God came into Naaman’s heart and healed His disbelief. “I am convinced,” Naaman said, “that there is but One true God.”
Sometimes, we dive in expecting such great things from God that we miss Him in the simplicity of faith. Look for Him in the little things this week. See God in the simplicity of love, kindness, caring and rest. Maybe you have been expecting some great answer to prayer when, perhaps, the answer is hiding in the simplicity of God’s Word. Dip in to the bible this week. Discover what is waiting for you there. Allow your faith to lead you, and expect God to answer.
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