Faithfulness. For the unnamed "young girl" in the story of Naaman, it meant trusting in God’s healing power. For Amos, it was speaking truth when it would have been safer to keep quiet. For Martha’s sister Mary, it entailed choosing the "better part" at Jesus’ feet. And for Jesus, it meant a determined focus on his mission, even in the face of persecution, suffering, and ultimately death.
While the specifics of what it means to be faithful vary for different individuals, for each of us faithfulness involves laying aside our own agenda for the sake of others, a willingness to make sacrifices to do the right thing. It’s safe to assume that if something is easy, we’re not asking the right questions. Lucky for us, we’re not alone in this pursuit. We’ve been offered living waters that sustain and nourish us on our journey of faith.
An Unnamed Hero
Psalm 30; 2 Kings 5:1-14; Galatians 6:1-16; Luke 10:1-11, 16-20
Hidden in the nooks and crannies of Naaman’s story is the unnamed "young girl" taken captive from the land of Israel. Imagine the horror and fear she must have felt as she was hauled away from her homeland, subject to unspeakable degradation at the hands of her captors. She eventually ends up as a servant to the wife of Naaman—for one of her lot, a position of relative prominence and comfort, working in the home of such a prestigious and powerful man.