Naaman went to his master and told him what the girl from Israel had said. “By all means, go,” the king of Aram replied.” So Naaman went with his horses and chariots and stopped at the door of Elisha’s house. Elisha sent a messenger to say to him, “Go wash yourself seven times in the Jordan, and your flesh will be restored and you will be cleansed.” 2 Kings 5:4, 9, 10
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For the past 3 weeks, the Holy Spirit has placed me in a situation where He has instructed me to observe, listen and proclaim the Name of Jesus Christ to total strangers.
How swwweeeeet is that!
(Honestly, it has been more than a few years since as a member of a few churches, I participated actively as a member of the Sunday School teaching staff, the Board of Christian Education, the church building committees, a leader/teacher for special bible study classes and workshops, a member of the Deaconess Board, and an activist and International missionary traveling to more than ten countries throughout the world for ten plus years.)
You see, as I have aged, my health has diminished, and my church participation has dwindled, also.
But through it all, the Lord has been with me, and some years ago, He promised that He would never leave me nor forsake me. More personally, the fact that I could no longer participate in foreign mission travels to help spread the gospel, upset me the most. However, in that vein, I distinctly heard the Holy Spirit say that from now on, He would send weary souls to me. And certainly, during these past 3 weeks, the third part of the Holy Trinity has been working over time in my life.
Let me explain…
This week, as I searched the scriptures to get a clearer understanding of how God was directing me to write this blog, he laid it upon my heart to re-read the following scriptures concerning a valiant soldier in Aram named Naaman (not an Israelite) who was healed of Leprosy by Elisha, an Israelite prophet:
“Now bands of raiders from Aram had gone out and had taken captive a young girl from Israel, and she served Naaman’s wife. She said to her mistress, ‘If only my master would see the prophet who is in Samaria! He would cure him of his leprosy.’” 2 Kings 4:2, 3
(I won’t use this space to retell of the first 3 incidents that happened between me and 4 perfectly total strangers during the past 2 weeks. You can read them for yourself by scrolling backwards through my last 2 blog titles to read about those amazing encounters.)
What happen this week was even a more challenging situation. And that’s why I found myself praying and asking God if this was another one of his ‘virtual mission trips’ that he had scheduled for me to run interference for him.
It all happened the other day at my daily hospital visit for treatment…
You see, I am under the care of my physician who has scheduled 16 radiation treatments for me during the next several weeks. To date, five of these treatments have been completed. During that time, I have come to know my administering lab technicians very well. The other day, just prior to treatment, one of the technicians engaged me in a conversation and inquired of my past work history and where had I traveled. I briefly mentioned my 28 years of employment, as well as the names of several foreign countries I had visited as an international missionary. She was astonished!
A second technician was readying the lab room for my treatment and was not participating in our conversation. However, on my next treatment day, when I arrived for lab work, and was seated all alone in a private waiting room, that second technician entered, shut the door and seated herself beside me. She looked weary and began asking me how I had managed to do so many extra things in my life and how I had paid for all of my travels.
(WOW! I thought. This is just like the other lady I blogged about earlier. It’s an opportunity to witness for the Lord to one of His sheep. And it does not require for me to preach like Paul.)
But this time the circumstances were more direr. The technician briefly explained her need to earn more money, to re-examine her field of employment and also her obligations to family, a special needs woman-child, as well as her life choices as a single mother.
As we began to walk towards the examination room, time did not permit us to converse in depth, and I did not have an opportunity to impart too many encouraging words. However, before I left the hospital, I slipped a business card in her hand and suggested that she call me at her convenience and we could continue our conversation. I assured her I was there for her and wanted to be of assistance, if I could.
Here’s the part where the ‘Naaman Story’ comes into play. I’m not saying that the Lord is using me as the girl from Israel, the king of Aram, Naaman or even Elisha the prophet. I’m just sayin’ that I believe that the Lord has whispered into the ears of the total five strangers He has sent my way and said to them, ‘I hear your cry, and your desire to change and to do something more productive with your lives, and I will send you to one of my servants to direct you on the right path.’ Therefore, I’m claiming the position of being that ‘servant’…The Master’s Servant…just as I proclaim that position as the very last words in each of my blogs.
Consequently, I am asking my followers to be prayerful in this situation, and to submit their comments and suggestions, and pray that Our Heavenly Father will use me in a mighty way, and order my steps to proclaim His holy Word, until my traveling days on this earth are over.
Please know, as these situations continue to happen in my life, they are drawing me closer and closer to Him and the power of His might. For now, right here in the United States is my mission field…where of I am glad. To God be the glory. Amen!
It is my prayer that the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart will be acceptable to my God as I earnestly attempt to minister to those sent to me my Him.
Scripture Lesson: “I will bless the Lord at all times, his praise shall continually be in my mouth. My soul makes its boast in the Lord; let the afflicted hear and be glad. O magnify the Lord with me; and let use exalt his name together! I sought the Lord, and he answered me and delivered me from all my fears.” Psalms 34:1-4
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