I was reading the account of Naaman’s leprosy being healed in 2 Kings 5:1-19. I encourage you to dig into the whole passage.
Naaman was a man in charge. Being the commander of the army of the king of Syria is a huge thing!
Naaman was also a “flawed” man. He was a leper.
There was a young girl from Israel that was taken captive and made a servant of Naaman’s wife.
The young girl was a God-send to Naaman; if he saw it that way, I’m not sure.
The girl was hooking her master up! She held the knowledge of a prophet that could heal him of his leprosy. The young girl shared the news with her mistress.
I’ll fast forward through the text a little bit to get to the part that most intrigued me and got me to thinking.
The day came that Naaman met the prophet Elisha. Elisha told Naaman to go and wash in the Jordan seven times, and his flesh would be restored, and he will be clean.
Sounds simple and easy enough, but NOOOO, Naaman wanted more than the simplicity.
The passage says that Naaman became furious and went away mumbling on about how he figured the prophet would come out to him and stand and call on the name of the LORD and wave his hand over the place, and heal the leprosy.
Naaman wanted the grandeur of his healing to match the magnificence of his position in service to the king of Syria.
It took one of Naaman’s servants to appeal to him to just dip, already!
The servant’s words were so powerful,
“My father, if the prophet had told you to do something great, would you not have done it? How much more then when he says to you, ‘Wash, and be clean’?”
Apparently, Naaman came into his right mind. He went down and dipped seven times in the Jordan, according to the saying of the man of God. His flesh was restored like the flesh of a little child, and he was clean.
Just dip, already! How many times have I exalted myself and thought that I was “somethin’ else” or thought, “I’m too good for this!”? I’ve wanted the flashing lights to be the evidence that God was indeed moving in my life.
God can and will use the simplicity of a thing…anything to move us to obedience. It’ll be to our own demise if we choose not to follow His lead.
God is perfection. He knows best. He knows what healing, restoration and cleanliness is in store–even in the Jordan River.
What “Jordan River” are you not wanting to dip in, because it seems too simple or even beneath you?
Just dip, already!