A Woman of Influence…Naaman’s Wife’s Servant
First introduced to us in II Kings 5, Naaman was commandeder of the King’s army. Such a position rewarded him great societal significance. Nevertheless, he had a weakness: he was a leper. Leprosy, in that time, was somewhat equivalent to AIDS in the 1980’s. It was repugnant and loathsome to many.
Living in Naaman’s prestigious household was a young girl; likely stolen from her own home to be a maid to Naaman’s wife. One day while working, she made an astounding statement that would change this family’s life forever:
“I wish that my master were with the prophet who is Samaria!” Then he would cure him of his leprosy” (2 Kings 5:3)
From that one comment- that one statement- this important man went to the king. Why would the words of a little servant generate such drastic action? How could someone so “insignificant” move the captain of a mighty army in such a way? There must have been something very credible about her to foster such consideration.
Now, remember the days in which she lived. In those times, women were held in very low regard. Children (especially female children) had even less social standing than women. Then add to the equation that she was a slave. Geez! She’s lucky anyone spoke to her! So, again, why did her words carry so much weight with Naaman?
I think the secret lied in her day-to-day behaviors, habits and interactions. In my mind’s eye, I can see her carrying out her daily chores. She’s smiling because her hopes rest in the God of Israel. Although she had every right to weep, I envision her searching for ways to glorify God in her work and conversation. Had her work been shoddy, she’d have little influence with Naaman, but I’ll bet she did her work in dutiful excellence. For instance, she was probably not stealing post-its or swiping pens. She was faithful and trustworthy.
I imagine that she missed her mom and family terribly. But she recognized that her life was hidden in God and she chose to trust the Him with her future. Only then could she have the courage, confidence and influence to move one of the most powerful men in the country.
What is your daily life doing for God’s reputation? What is it doing for yours? Live your faith daily in your work, ministry and relationships. If you do, you’ll be just like that little girl: a woman of influence, regardless of your status on this world’s scale.