Grown Up Conversations Teachable Moments – Day 1

Naaman’s Maid

Be brave enough to heal yourself even when it hurts. A young girl is taken from her hometown and is forced to serve the boss’s wife. Most women at some point in their lives find themselves dealing with unresolved issues rising out of circumstances outside of their control, disappointment, fear, low self-esteem, anxiety, frustration, and sometimes even their own bad choices.

The challenge is, ‘Are you brave enough to heal yourself even when it hurts?’

Naaman wife’s maid was a young girl who had a voice, but her name was not mentioned in the Bible. Vice-versa in the real world today – You have a name but many times you do not have a voice – unable to speak up for yourself. As grownup women let us end the imaginary competition to compete. Make an intellectual decision to come together and stand against the evils of our culture. The world out there is cold and harsh.

Who would have envisioned a nameless girl forced into slavery would be the catalyst God would use to bring healing to a wealthy family? Naaman was a powerful man in his country BUT he had a rare skin disease that no amount of money could have cured. Divine destiny can sometimes be disguised either by being nameless or not having a voice.

This slave girl had her step forward moment to be brave enough to heal herself even when it hurts and to selflessly use her voice alerting her boss to the Healer. She confidently says to her mistress, “If only my master were with the prophet who is in Samaria! For he would heal him of his leprosy.” (2 Kings 5:3) Someone once said, “I am not what has happened to me. I am what I choose to become.”

Repeat it out loud for those sitting in the back of the room – I AM NOT WHAT HAS HAPPENED TO ME. I AM WHAT I CHOOSE TO BECOME!

Sometimes the situations that you find yourself in can be the greatest God-given opportunity if only you choose to step forward leaving the victim mentality behind you. You cannot allow anyone or everything to deter you from reaching your full potential. It is unproductive to wait for the bad events in life to go away before you declare your freedom.

This girl could have ignored her master’s disability and become bitter being held against her will but instead she acted in bravery bringing healing to herself and those within her circle. She teaches us that sometimes life hands you a stack of cards that make you anonymous, invisible, exasperated, worried, or even sometimes your own bad choices places you at a disadvantage – but regardless of the wrongs we can change the storyline.

The only thing this slave girl had going for her was her faith in God’s healing powers. She did not limit her self-worth to being a slave without a name, but she was prepackaged as miracle to give her master something that his wealth could not afford. We all face difficult battles in lives no matter what image we paint on the outside.

The school of hard knocks is designed in a way to bring out the best in us and not the wounds. It teaches you the difference between ordinary and extraordinary. The whole world will go blind if we decide to engage in revenge or as some women call it ‘karma’.

For every crisis that you face there is a Christ waiting to heal. In closing, your lemons could have been prepackaged to bring healing to you and to those who once held you captive.

‘Be the kind of GROWNUP that when your feet hit the floor each morning the devil says, “Oh crap, she’s up!” Whatever is holding you emotionally hostage requires courage to change the narrative and to have empathy on your offenders to break the cycle of resentment.

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