Simple Faith!!!

Good afternoon. When last we spoke, I was in a state of panic pleading to God, through my pain, after having endured an unsuccessful surgery attempt to remove tumors from my uterus. I’d been begging God for a miracle, for almost two years, when I almost died due to the blood loss stemming from the tumors. Today’s message comes after patiently waiting for an answer to the questions I asked in my last post, “Yet I Still Dare To Hope…,” where I asked God for guidance and godly wisdom in order to know which choice to make concerning my health crisis, how I should respond to it, and if I would still receive a miracle if I continued to wait on God. Allow me to share my current revelation.

Each day and night, I spend time reading and meditating on God’s word. If you’ve been following my blog from its inception, then you’ll know I pretty much vouch for the YouVersion bible app, as I’ve found it to be one of the best free bible apps on the virtual market. Through this app, I can find many different translations, languages, and daily devotionals that are accessible to me and help make it easier for me, and you, to understand the bible, learn it and study it at the reader’s own pace. No, I’m not a spokesperson for the company; however, I am a spokesperson for Jesus!!! So, I will spread the Good News about how anyone can simply, easily, and affordably access his word at the touch of their cellular phones or iPad devices. Now with that being said, as I was studying my word, I came across a bible devotional by Elevation Church titled “Power of Same.” This particular devotional’s focus is to help readers understand how the world celebrates change, but how God celebrates consistency. It states, with God we “learn how to stay committed to the same {Holy}Spirit, actions, mission, and environment by unlocking the same in our lives, and it helps us establish the good habit of fulfilling Jesus’ greatest command: loving Him with all of our heart, soul, mind, and strength every day again, and again.” Each day of this particular 28 day devotional plan by Elevation Church, it gives you a small thought to think about as it pertains to your daily life, and it links to a person’s story with a teachable lesson from the bible. On day 13 of 28, it talked about the healing story of Naaman, an army commander for a King of Aram from the Old Testament in the book of 2 Kings. Naaman was a man who was a great warrior, but he suffered with leprosy. If you don’t know what leprosy is, it’s a contagious disease that affects the skin, mucous membranes, and nerves, causing discoloration and lumps on the skin and, in severe cases, disfigurement and deformities. While dealing with this painful, and socially embarrassing disease, Naaman still performed his duties with dignity and honor, which is why his king, wife and wife’s maid had mercy on him, wanting to see him get well soon. Here’s Naaman’s story.

“The king of Aram had great admiration for Naaman, the commander of his army, because through him the Lord had given Aram great victories. But though Naaman was a mighty warrior, he suffered from leprosy. At this time Aramean raiders had invaded the land of Israel, and among their captives was a young girl who had been given to Naaman’s wife as a maid. One day the girl said to her mistress, “I wish my master would go to see the prophet in Samaria. He would heal him of his leprosy.” So Naaman told the king what the young girl from Israel had said. “Go and visit the prophet,” the king of Aram told him. “I will send a letter of introduction for you to take to the king of Israel.” So Naaman started out, carrying as gifts 750 pounds of silver, 150 pounds of gold, and ten sets of clothing. The letter to the king of Israel said: “With this letter I present my servant Naaman. I want you to heal him of his leprosy.” When the king of Israel read the letter, he tore his clothes in dismay and said, “Am I God, that I can give life and take it away? Why is this man asking me to heal someone with leprosy? I can see that he’s just trying to pick a fight with me.” But when Elisha, the man of God, heard that the king of Israel had torn his clothes in dismay, he sent this message to him: “Why are you so upset? Send Naaman to me, and he will learn that there is a true prophet here in Israel.” So Naaman went with his horses and chariots and waited at the door of Elisha’s house. But Elisha sent a messenger out to him with this message: “Go and wash yourself seven times in the Jordan River. Then your skin will be restored, and you will be healed of your leprosy.” But Naaman became angry and stalked away. “I thought he would certainly come out to meet me!” he said. “I expected him to wave his hand over the leprosy and call on the name of the Lord his God and heal me! Aren’t the rivers of Damascus, the Abana and the Pharpar, better than any of the rivers of Israel? Why shouldn’t I wash in them and be healed?” So Naaman turned and went away in a rage. But his officers tried to reason with him and said, “Sir, if the prophet had told you to do something very difficult, wouldn’t you have done it? So you should certainly obey him when he says simply, ‘Go and wash and be cured!’” So Naaman went down to the Jordan River and dipped himself seven times, as the man of God had instructed him. And his skin became as healthy as the skin of a young child, and he was healed! Then Naaman and his entire party went back to find the man of God. They stood before him, and Naaman said, “Now I know that there is no God in all the world except in Israel. So please accept a gift from your servant.”” (2 Kings‬ ‭5:1-15‬ ‭NLT‬‬)

So, now that you’re all caught up, and have read Naaman’s story, I know what you’re thinking to yourself: how does Naaman’s story have anything to do with your story Andrea? What’s the big revelation? Before I get to the big revelation, please allow me to answer your first question. Just as Naaman, I have been dealing with a health issue that has made life painfully, and embarrassingly difficult for me. Though mines has been a bloody, tumorous disease and hasn’t been seen on the outside, besides the weight gain, pale skin from time to time and layers upon layers of clothing that I must wear to keep warm due to the anemia, it still has caused me to feel a plethora of emotions when it came to seeking treatment by those who I thought would “cure” me. After my failed surgery attempt, which I discussed in detail in my last post, I sat down with my surgery team where we discussed in full detail what happened during surgery, what went wrong, why it happened, and what’s the plan moving forward. Just as Elisha said to Naaman, my doctor’s first treatment plan going forward is now a simple one. My response was flabbergasted fury to say the least, just as Naaman’s. Why is the simplest plan now the plan? If that was the case, why didn’t I think to try that less than two years ago before I was facing death and almost died? Why now are we trying a simpler approach after you’ve already attempted surgery unsuccessfully? Needless to say, when the doctor first told me the simplest plan of action, I freaked out and walked away just as irritated as Naaman did. I’d like to say that people that I talked to did the trick, and talked some sense into my head like they did for Naaman, but the truth is, they didn’t help much. Although I appreciate everyone who tried to offer their support and encouragement, but honestly, their words just confused me even more. Prayer works! Bible study works! Quieting the noise surrounding my mind, listening to sermons and Christian/Gospel music kept me going. Once I had my breakthrough moments of crying out to God, He heard my cries and answered my prayers and that made me feel strong. He gave me the information that I needed in order to make the decision for my health. Trusting in Him, simply having faith that things will turn out differently this time around is the path that after careful, and prayerful consideration, I’m choosing to take.

So, during this morning’s bible study of Naaman’s healing transformation, I realized that maybe there’s something to following the simpler route. Each time Jesus Christ performed a miracle, it was a simple act of faith: water into wine (John 4:46), walking on water (Matthew 14:25-26, Mark 6:49), mixing dirt and spitting on a blind man’s eyes for him to see (Mark 8:22-26), speaking the words “Lazarus come out” and causing a dead man to come alive (John 11:43-44), touching a young, seemingly dead 12 year old girl’s hand and telling her to arise from her slumber, and she lives once again (Matthew 9:23-26), and many more wonderful miracles. These were great, mighty, powerful, amazing, acts that only one man/being could do, but if you think of what it took to do them, it was just a simple act of faith. So, the revelation that I received as I read through Naaman’s testimony was to have faith…more faith, that is. Just because my miracle didn’t happen during surgery doesn’t mean it can’t ever happen. As my friend Ashton likes to say in his old baptist preacher’s church voice, “Oh ye of little faith!” Taking on the simplest route now of dealing with my health crisis, trusting solely in God for my healing miracle and not on a surgical method may seem like a gamble to some; but I serve a God who created an entire planet with living species and human life forms in seven days. If He’s cured Naaman of leprosy, brought Lazarus back from the dead, resurrected Christ (Matthew 28:5-9, Revelation 20:6) and seated Him on the best throne in the kingdom, cured many others from cancer, HIV, etc. and even cured a woman who was dealing with the same issue of blood (Matthew 9:20-22) that I am dealing with today, than I have to have simple faith that He can do it for me too. This is my revelation. This is my prayer.

Sincerely with love,

~A.G.Rogers

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