Monday, 24 March 2014

Going to the top

2 Kings 5:1, 9-12
Naaman Healed of Leprosy
 Naaman, commander of the army of the king of Syria, was a great man with his master and in high favor, because by him the Lord had given victory to Syria. He was a mighty man of valor, but he was a leper... 
So Naaman came with his horses and chariots and stood at the door of Elisha's house. And Elisha sent a messenger to him, saying, “Go and wash in the Jordan seven times, and your flesh shall be restored, and you shall be clean.” But Naaman was angry and went away, saying, “Behold, I thought that he would surely come out to me and stand and call upon the name of the Lord his God, and wave his hand over the place and cure the leper. Are not Abana and Pharpar, the rivers of Damascus, better than all the waters of Israel? Could I not wash in them and be clean?” So he turned and went away in a rage.

How often have we missed out on blessing
because we've been more concerned
with being given our place?
How often have we been more interested 
in protocol and procedure
than in kindness and compassion?
How often have we denied others
the opportunity to serve
because they didn't look the part
or dress the part
or hold just the right qualifications?
Gods love and grace
comes to us 
when least expected
in ways we would never imagine
All that is asked of us
is our openness
to receiving the gifts of God
however they are packaged.

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