God’s heroes aren’t always mighty warriors. More often than not, they’re just ordinary folks doing extraordinary things. When all is said and done, it may not be the personality who stands in front of thousands and has a world-wide ministry who gets the “Well done, good and faithful servant.” It may be the bed-ridden saint who prays for him.
An example of ordinary people doing extraordinary things is found in 2 Kings 5:2, 3, only two verses out of more than 31,000 in the Bible, but extraordinary for all that.
And the Syrians had gone out on raids, and had brought back captive a young girl from the land of Israel. She waited on Namaan’s wife. Then she said to her mistress, “If only my master were with the prophet who is in Samaria! For he would heal him of his leprosy.”
The “master” was Namaan, a mighty and successful warrior for one of Israel’s enemies, Syria.
We’re told nothing else of this girl, probably in her teens, though we don’t know. The Hebrew word could mean “young woman.” Any way, what’s important isn’t her age, but her attitude. No doubt, she had seen or heard terrible things in the forays of Syrian raiders into her homeland. Perhaps she had seen her parents or friends or neighbors slaughtered. Maybe, if she were a young woman, she had been taken from a family of her own. She had been dragged into an enemy country and made a slave. Who knows what indignities she herself might have endured.
And we’re not told what prompted her remark. Perhaps it was in the closeness of daily household activities. Maybe his wife was lamenting his condition. Perhaps the wife’s remark wasn’t even addressed to her, she just overheard it. However it came about, something happened and she had to respond.
How easy it would have been for her to be vengeful, to think, “Good! He deserves it!”
To say nothing….
But she didn’t.
She had compassion on him, and on his wife, and told of a place of cure.
An ordinary girl, doing an extraordinary thing.
What a lesson for us!
What an example of Matthew 5:44, where our Lord said, “…love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you”!
After all, isn’t that what He did with us?