Unexpected Healing

“It was good for me to be afflicted, in order to learn your statutes. The law of your mouth is more precious to me than heaps of silver and gold.” - Psalm 119:71-72 

Prayer: Lord, from generation to generation Your ways have amazed us, they confound and surprise us. Help us to patiently endure the trials and difficulties of life that we may surrender all things to You and rejoice when Your glory is revealed in our midst. Amen 

Unexpected Healing 

For many of us, perhaps we remember the glory days of old when our bodies were completely healthy and valiant. And now the effects of old age are setting in and we place our hope in our future with God and a new and glorified body. 

For Naaman in our first reading, he was still a valiant commander even though his body was afflicted with leprosy. Scripture tells us that Naaman was, “the army commander of the king of Aram, was highly esteemed and respected by his master.” But the secret of his success was somewhat unknown to him. Scripture goes on to say, “for through him the LORD had brought victory to Aram.” There was much more to his story than he could know. 

Even though Naaman knew military success and was respected, one can imagine that he desired to be healed. And through the simplicity of an innocent young Israelite girl God opened up that path of healing for him. But the healing would be deeper and more profound than Naaman could imagine. Naaman only wanted a physical healing. 

So, as you heard or read in the reading, at Naaman’s request of the King of Israel, the King saw it as a plot for he himself could do nothing. But Elisha the prophet was attentive and could see that God was at work, so he told the king to send Naaman to him. When Naaman arrived, Elisha did not even open the door, Elisha simply sent word to Naaman, go and wash seven times in the Jordan. Now this action, gesture, and message, infuriated Naaman. Perhaps prideful from his success. Yet well supported again by reasonable servants, they prevailed upon him to do this simple task. 

When Naaman washed seven times at the word of the man of God, his flesh was not just healed, but renewed, becoming “again like the flesh of a little child, and he was clean.” Upon recognition of the healing and the process that Naaman went through to receive this physical healing, Naaman was healed in a deeper more unexpected way. A way that he rejoiced to share with Elisha, saying, “Now I know that there is no God in all the earth, except in Israel.” And he left there deeply changed. 

The same is often true for us, while we fixate on the healing or expectation that we want, we do not give God the space that He needs for the healing that He knows we need. Often God has to humble us in order to receive the healing. Hopefully we are attentive to his working like Elisha and respond accordingly and not like the people in the synagogue at Nazareth when Jesus speaks the hard truth to them.

The love of God heals.

May God, help you find healing in Him, through His unexpected ways. 

May God richly bless you! 

 

-Fr. Jeremy 

 

 

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