I will speak of thy testimonies also before kings, and will not be ashamed.
And the Syrians had gone out by companies, and had brought away captive out of the land of Israel a little maid; and she waited on Naaman's wife. 2Ki 5:2
Life can take unexpected and painful turns. One little girl in Israel found herself a prize of war. She became a slave, the property of Naaman's family. And yet the story that unfolds is contrary to what we might expect. Instead of self-pity, we find her pitying her master; instead of wishing evil upon those who had captured her, she hoped for their well-being. She wasn't crushed by her circumstances; she rose above them.
Mt 5:44 But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;
Jer 15:15 O LORD, thou knowest: remember me, and visit me, and revenge me of my persecutors; take me not away in thy longsuffering: know that for thy sake I have suffered rebuke.
Naaman, this little girl's master, was a successful Syrian commander. But he was also a leper. In Israel, a person with leprosy was shunned. Sufferers were forced to announce their uncleanness to anyone who came near.
In simple faith, a little girl suggested to her mistress that Naaman ought to see the prophet of God in Samaria. She was sure Elisha would be able to bring about his healing. There must have been a note of conviction in her suggestion, because Naaman took her seriously. Eventually, he was healed by God.
Sometimes, all we can do is point people toward God. Yet that in itself accomplishes a great deal. The faith of one child set in motion a chain of events through which God received glory. We should be alert to the same opportunities today. God can accomplish miracles with our small actions. Young or old, God is willing to use us as we are. Will you let Him use YOU?
2Ti 2:20-21 But in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and of silver, but also of wood and of earth; and some to honour, and some to dishonour. If a man therefore purge himself from these, he shall be a vessel unto honour, sanctified, and meet for the master's use, and prepared unto every good work.