In today’s reading of 2 Kings 5:1-15, we find Naaman, a commander of the Aramean Army, suffering from leprosy. The disease that for so many was a sign that you had done something horribly wrong to offend God. Naaman discovers (from a servant of his wife) that he could be cured, if he just went to see the prophet in Samaria. What does Naaman have to lose? He travels with his master’s (the King of Aram) permission to see the King of Israel. As the King laughs in Naaman’s face, the prophet in Samaria hears of this. Elisha (the prophet) calls Naaman to come see him. When Naaman arrives Elisha tells him to wash himself in the Jordan River 7 times until he is healed. Naaman was infuriated that Elisha had not called on the name of the Lord and made a big scene to heal him from his leprosy. His pride was clearly hurt. Naaman’s servants see this and come to reason with him, so Naaman relinquishes his pride and does as Elisha says. As he does the simple task that Elisha gave him – washes 7 times in the Jordan – Naaman’s leprosy is healed.
What does this have to with us? What does this have to do with our circumstances today?
It’s pretty clear that God does not send a big firework show and shout from the roof top when he is rescuing us from our sickness, our fear, and our struggles. He slides into our life, disguised as someone we may not know, to send help. Little things matter.
Our life right now is turned upside down. Many of us are facing circumstances that feel a lot like Naaman’s life. Naaman was well known as a great commander. His problem was he had this stigma that no one would get passed. Many of us are in the same boat. We are good at what we do, but no one notices because we are so sick from something that is causing people to stay away. Naaman’s sickness was leprosy. Our sickness is so much more – fear, distrust, and loss of control. If we just put our pride aside, and let God intervene, then life could be so much better.
What healing from God are you missing out on because of your sickness? What people are trying to help you that you have ignored or pushed away?
Have you allowed your fear to block you from receiving the joy of healing?
Even something simple like washing in the Jordan 7 times could change our life forever. Don’t push away the simple changes. Don’t push away those who can help you get through this time. Don’t brush off people who seem to have simple solutions. Those ideas, those changes, those people may be God calling you.
Be awake and alert to what God needs you to do. Take your focus off yourself and listen to God. In times of stress and fear, it is easy to concentrate on all the wrong things. Concentrate on God, so you don’t miss something simple that might just change everything.