I Know a Man

Now Naaman was commander of the army of the king of Aram. He was a great man in the sight of his master and highly regarded, because through him the LORD had given victory to Aram. He was a valiant soldier, but he had leprosy.
Now bands from Aram had gone out and had taken captive a young girl from Israel, and she served Naaman’s wife. She said to her mistress, “If only my master would see the prophet who is in Samaria! He would cure him of his leprosy.”
2 Kings 5:1-3

When we think of the story of Naaman, it’s often associated with him dipping into the Jordan seven times to be healed, but there’s much more to the story. We don’t often have a good idea of how people actually meet the person who solves their problem.

In this story we have the King of Aram, Naaman the army commander, his wife, his wife’s servant (a captive from Israel), and eventually the prophet Elisha. The servant girl learns about Naaman’s condition and tells her mistress (Naaman’s wife) about Elisha. You have to give this gal a lot of credit to speak up like she did. Servant girls did not get a chance to do this often, I would think. They weren’t thinking, feeling individuals. They were servants. Obviously Naaman’s wife took notice and informed her husband.

We don’t know the servant girl’s name but her legacy lives on. There’s power in leading a humble, quiet life. You don’t get to be heard often, but when you do, it can be life changing.

God’s kingdom is big enough for the boisterous (who often try to change the shy)…and the quieter ones. And pretty much everyone in between.

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