Just Dip, Already

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!

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The Last Word

Silence. A moment captured in time. Slowly I exhale and take off my shoes. My home is holy ground. I open the windows and smell the crisp Colorado, fall air. I hear the leaves shake, like cymbals, as they make themselves ready for a new season. I go to pour myself a cup of coffee and ready my heart for His Word–truly for Jesus Himself. For in this particular silence, I believe He has something specific to say–something I need to hear in this time and season and place.

Inhaling the air, I ready myself for remembering. For I sense in my spirit that what Jesus is about to say is going to be something I will never forget. Yet, I cannot even tell you in anticipation of it precisely what His Word for me shall be. I can say one thing.  It will be my LIFE. I love to know that His Word will be the last word…over my moments, my days, my time here, over my family, over those who have captured my heart, whom I would give my life to give them a taste of the life I have in Christ–an ever-satisfying drink for the thirsty ones.

His Words to me begin to come in a rhythmic cadence…I am here. I am with You. You are a treasure to me. You are beautiful. In me, you have enough. Don’t hold tightly to things, to people. Hold fast to Me. I will not fail you. I will NOT fail you. I will not fail you, dear child. My strength can hold your heaviest burden. My grace covers your sins, every one of them. My love covers. It covers! And it fills.  It fills and it spills over. Today you need to know that I am the One you can look to and find everything you need. So rest now.  Rest in my care. I, too, needed to come by myself to a lonely place.  I climbed tall mountains to recover my life in the Father.  Then with compassion, I saw those coming to find me and I went to them, every one of them–not one left out–and I healed them. I see you, dear child.  I am here to heal you. With compassion, I love you. With tenderness, I am binding up your wounds. Stitch-by-stitch. Come and be filled. Come and be healed.  Come.

“The Spirit and the bride say, ‘Come!’ And let him who hears say, ‘Come!’ Whoever is thirsty, let him come; and whoever wishes, let him take the free gift of the water of life.” Revelation 22:17

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