He was a leader among leaders. A bold, strong, take-charge man who had incredible ability, respect and presence. Everyone in his day, knew of his conquests and military successes. Naaman was not a push-over.
But his strength turned to weakness when he discovered he had leprosy. Now, he is in a life crisis and needs a miracle to live.
The story unfolds in 2 Kings 5:11 with a servant girl bringing advice that would save his life.
Go to the prophet, Elisha, and he will cure you of leprosy.”
Naaman takes action. He forms an action plan and moves it forward. He had his own healing figured out. But it didn’t happen as Naaman thought.
“I thought, Elisha would come out and meet me, stand in front of me, and pray and wave his hand over the leprosy spot and I would be healed.”
It’s much easier to see the acts of God, than understand the ways of God.
Mark Batterson, in his great book: “In a Pit with a Lion on a Snowy Day”, writes of a time early in his ministry when together with a few couples they felt called to start a church plant. Together they formed many plans and covered every aspect of what a new church plant would need to be successful. Mark, had a binder filled with 1,300 Sundays all planned out – that’s a 25 year plan! But something happened in the relationship of these couples and the project never got off the ground.
Mark wrote: “The longer I live, the more I think that spiritual maturity is less about figuring out the future and more about a moment-by-moment sensitivity to the Spirit of God. I’m not saying we shouldn’t make plans. But you might want to use a pencil with an eraser and have a shredder handy.”
If God is in something, He will always take it in a direction that we would never have thought. In your development process, give God room to be God. You will never figure Him out. He is infinitely complex. Plan, but hold your plans loosely. God is bigger than your thoughts. He is bigger than