The Little Maid

Finding Significance in Seemingly Insignificant Things 

There is a story in the bible found in 2 Kings 5.  The story is written about the great warrior and Syrian captain Naaman.  It chronicles his quest to be healed of the dreadful disease of leprosy.  

The other key figure in the story is the renowned prophet Elisha.  If you are familiar with the Book of Kings, then you have also heard of the amazing miracles that were performed in the course of his ministry.  

There is a king in this story as well who rent his clothes because he did not have the ability to remedy Naaman’s ills.  

Amid all the great and titled men in this passage, we often overlook the one who jumpstarted the entire process.  She is not named, only referred to by her title which was one the lowliest in the kingdom, maid. 2nd Kings 5: 2 And the Syrians had gone out by companies and had brought away captive out of the land of Israel a little maid; and she waited on Naaman’s wife.

Although what she knew and was bold enough to speak was a catalyst of hope that sparked the chain of events that touched two nations and brought great glory to God, we never know her name. 

We tend to be like the author of this story as we dissect life.  We look at those in high positions, things that are trending, the names in lights and believe they are more important than others.  We overlook those who are working behind the scenes and doing great work.  The work that keeps everything going. 

The barista at your coffee shop who always gets your order right and delivers service with a smile, the neighbor who removes the snow from your driveway just because, the friend at work who recognizes you’re not feeling well and offers to take the next assignment or complete your work are the everyday difference makers that we fail to recognize.  We lump them in the category of “they are just” instead of identifying how their acts of kindness truly alter our lives.

We must learn to give attention to “little” things.  Positions and titles are not always indicators of wisdom or the knowledge of God.  In fact, the bible tells us in Corinthians 1:27 The Passion Translation (TPT) But God chose those whom the world considers foolish to shame those who think they are wise, and God chose the puny and powerless to shame the high and mighty.  What is insignificant in our system is important to God.  His standard never changes.  Kindness, gentleness, goodness and patience seem to be “little” in our world, but they are the fruit that he gives and there is nothing equal to the knowledge of God and the boldness to testify about what He has done and who He is.  It is one of the main ingredients of living an overcoming life! 

I challenge you this week to reevaluate what matters and find the significant in the seemingly insignificant. It will bless you!

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