Prayer: Dear God, may we be content to follow your directions and trust they will work. Amen.
Reading: 2 Kings 5: 1-14 (Click to read text)
Stop and GROW: After reading the text, discuss/ponder the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America's Book of Faith questions, which are part of Camp Mount Luther's GROW Time with campers.
QUESTION 1: What scares, confuses, challenges, or doesn’t make sense to me in this text?
QUESTION 2: What delights me in this text or is my favorite part of the story?
QUESTION 3: What stories or memories does this text stir in me?
QUESTION 4: What is God up to in this text?
Reflection: Naaman needs healing. I am not sure if he looked for directions on how to get better but it was his wife who came up with the plan that worked. Yet, even in that, at first Naaman balked at the directions he was given.
Why is it so hard to admit we need directions? Why is it so hard to follow them once we get them? This is a story from the Bible yet today, if someone is struggling with putting something together or getting it to work, the first comment an observer would have would be, "Have you tried reading the directions?" It is meant to be a critical dig and an encouraging nudge at the same time. Amazing how the advice works and the directions do, too.
When it comes to putting your life together or getting things to work, let's admit we need directions from God and then be willing to follow them. --Ruth Gates
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