In 2 Kings 5 Naaman the Syrian leader was angry and offended because he expected a dramatic and instant healing but Elisha asked him to do something very simple - dip himself in the Jordan River 7 times. He almost missed his miracle because he didn’t like or expect the way God wanted to work in his life.
How often do we miss the miracle God wants to do in our lives because He works in a way we wouldn’t expect or through people we couldn’t imagine He would use? At times God even uses people we don’t like! He sometimes offends our minds to reveal our hearts.
In the Bible Jesus would ask people: “What you want me to do for you?” But he never asked: “How do you want me to do it?” We can always ask God to do something significant and supernatural in our lives - but we shouldn’t try to control how He does it. We simply submit and surrender to allow Him to work however He chooses. Sometimes the miracle will be instant and even dramatic. At other times the miracle is found in the mundane and obedience to the ordinary. Either way, the important thing is that God is at work and we experience His power, healing and freedom.
2 Kings 5:9-14
“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.” But Naaman went away angry and said, “I thought that he would surely come out to me and stand and call on the name of the Lord his God, wave his hand over the spot and cure me of my leprosy. Are not Abana and Pharpar, the rivers of Damascus, better than all the waters of Israel? Couldn't I wash in them and be cleansed?” So he turned and went off in a rage. Naaman's servants went to him and said, “My father, if the prophet had told you to do some great thing, would you not have done it? How much more, then, when he tells you, 'Wash and be cleansed'!” So he went down and dipped himself in the Jordan seven times, as the man of God had told him, and his flesh was restored and became clean like that of a young boy.”
“Jesus stopped and called them. “What do you want me to do for you?” he asked.”