A few months back, I read a short devotional on the above passage. The devotional was a character study on the three main people of this story: Naaman, Elisha and Gehazi. It looked at the pride of Naaman and the need for it to be broken for him to accept cleansing, the godliness of Elisha the prophet, and the greed of the servant Gehazi.
But there was another character that intrigued me who is a key to the development of this story: the servant girl of Naaman’s wife. When I looked a bit closer at this girl and her role in this event, I was challenged and encouraged.
This girl had been taken captive from her home, yet she still spoke up to help her master. She says, “If only my master would see the prophet!” Other versions read, “I wish…” And there is an exclamation point at the end of this wish! She longs to see her master well, for him to experience the healing power of God.
She also has confidence. She doesn’t say, “Maybe he will be well.” No, she says, “He will be cured.”
In these two sentences spoken by the servant girl, we see care and compassion for her master and great faith and trust in God.
Sometimes we can get so focused on the imperfections of our surroundings and positions that we fail to see others’ needs or speak up to help. We focus on our failings, what we can’t do, and so don’t offer even a little help and hope.
This girl was simply a servant. She wasn’t a prophet like Elisha. She wasn’t the commander of an army like Naaman. But she also wasn’t selfish like Gehazi. We don’t know her name and she isn’t heard of again after this event, but if it wasn’t for her selflessness, would Naaman have encountered the one true God?
As servants of the King of kings, we should be like this servant girl, caring and compassionate, trusting and faithful.
Along with being servants of the King, we are children of the King. Princesses who can walk with confidence in their Father’s love and the power of His Spirit. We don’t have to have all the right answers or eloquent words or perfect lives. Just care, confidence, compassion, and courage. Care in our words to and about others. Confidence in our identity in Christ. Compassion in our actions and interactions with others. Courage in pursuing God's dreams for us. With those, we can reveal Jesus’ love to the world.