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The Janitor

  • Elisha sent a messenger to him, saying, 'Go and wash in the Jordan seven times, and your flesh shall come again to you, and you shall be clean.' But Naaman was angry, and went away, and said, 'Behold, I thought, 'He will surely come out to me, and stand, and call on the name of Yahweh his God, and wave his hand over the place, and heal the leper.' Aren't Abanah and Pharpar, the rivers of Damascus, better than all the waters of Israel? Couldn't I wash in them, and be clean?' So he turned and went away in a rage. 2 Kings 5:10 WEB

    One night as our band was preparing to play a show, our drummer had an emergency and could not be there. As we were grasping at straws and trying to figure out what to do, the keyboard player pointed to the janitor, who was sweeping the floor at that moment, and said that he could probably fill in. Well I was very skeptical about this, because having an out of time drummer is worse than none at all.

    She called to him, the janitor came up on stage and seemed right at home behind the drum set. He settled in, adjusted everything to his liking, as if he had done it a thousand times before. We ran over a few songs and he nailed everyone of them. In fact he was great, far, far better than our regular drummer. He made it look easy. He was graceful, smooth, and every move counted. He was certainly not struggling to cover our songs.

    After the set, I learned from a friend that the janitor had played professionally for over twenty years until his shoulders began to bother him. He lived on the road with some big names while performing at places like Madison Square Garden, Caesars Palace, and Nashville. From then on, I saw the janitor in a new light.

    God rarely shows up as you expect Him. In the scripture here, Elisha sent a messenger to tell Naaman to go and dip himself in the Jordan seven times, but that was not what Naaman expected. He thought that the man of God would come out and wave his arms over the spot, and call on his God. He was disappointed and got offended.

    The janitor playing drums for us was not what I expected that night, but it worked out better than I could have planned. When Jesus came to earth, He was not what they were expecting. They were looking for a reigning king, but He came as a suffering Servant. He was so humble that they missed Him, and they got offended.

    Be watchful of the Lord showing up in unexpected forms, unexpected people, and unexpected places. The good news is that even though Naaman missed it, he repented, did what was asked and was healed. 'Don't forget to show hospitality to strangers, for in doing so, some have entertained angels without knowing it' (Hebrews 13:2).

    Prayer: Heavenly Father thank You for all that You do. Help me see what others miss. Guide me into all that You have for me. I want my life to be pleasing to You, in the name of Jesus Christ I pray.

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Stacie Chambers
Stacie Chambers

Wow! So beautifully stated!!! Amen!!!

June 13
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Joseph Adams, Jr.
Joseph Adams, Jr.

Jehovah Jireh

June 13
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Rosemary Freitas
Rosemary Freitas

Amen thanks for the encouraging word

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June 13
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Barbara Jackson
Barbara Jackson

Amen.  We do judge when we meet someone. Even before we get to know the person. Lord GOD, I ask you today. Let me not judge.But learn and help those you place before me. Let me be humble and kind and helpful to everyone.

June 13
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Mari Kaufmann
Mari Kaufmann

I'm waiting God. 

June 13
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Yvette York
Yvette York

Amen 

June 13
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Schalk  de Beer
Schalk de Beer

Amen 

June 13
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Perry Robertson
Perry Robertson

Amen! A really good reminder, things aren't always what they appear, especially when it comes to people. Bless us Lord that we dont judge by appearances, Help us be humble and open minded.

June 13
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David &amp; Dianna Earlywine
David & Dianna Earlywine

Believe,with God all things are possible.... Amen 

June 13
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Kay Collinsworth
Kay Collinsworth

Amen

June 13
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Yvonne Salas
Yvonne Salas

Amen! 

June 13
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Carol  Pady
Carol Pady

Amen. Sometimes the events or people we shun are  messengers of God.  We must always remember His ways are far different than ours. The words from a homeless person may speak more to your heart than what the world reknowned preacher spoke at church. We must always be eager to listen to that still small voice of God, for many times His plans are extraordinary to our logical way of thinking.

June 13
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Audry Reddy
Audry Reddy

So trrue!!

June 13
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Karen Robertson
Karen Robertson

Love this!  I always have it in the back of my mind that I could be entertaining angels!  Great reminder today!

June 13
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Rose Sicilia
Rose Sicilia

Amen 

June 13
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Diane Symborski✝
Diane Symborski✝

Prayer: Heavenly Father thank You for all that You do. Help me see what others miss. Guide me into all that You have for me. I want my life to be pleasing to You, in the name of Jesus Christ I pray. Amen. <3

 

Thanm you for todays devotion, Pastor Dion. :-)

June 13
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Wesley Paulus
Wesley Paulus

Amen! Pastors prayer, Heavenly Father, thank you for all that you do. Help me see what others Miss. Guide me into all that you have for me. I want my life to be pleasing to you , in the name of Jesus Christ I pray Amen!!

June 13
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Rachael Burke
Rachael Burke

Amen

June 13
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Ticardo Williams
Ticardo Williams

Praise God!  Thanks Pastor Todd!  Heavenly Father thank You for all that You do. Help me see what others miss. Guide me into all that You have for me. I want my life to be pleasing to You, in the Name of Jesus Christ I pray.  Amen.

June 14
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Cheryl Hepler
Cheryl Hepler

Love it!! Show up please Lord wherever in my husband's life and my life and in our children and Grandchildren lives.  Thank you Lord! 

June 14
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Rosemary Marsh
Rosemary Marsh

Amen. Thank you Pastor Tod for this devotion and prayer.Thank you Heavenly Father for you never cease to amaze me in all that you do.Thank you for your Grace and Mercy and that the way you teach us Lead and guide us and always there for us.Help me to see you in all the things I do ,and to do them to glorify you..In The Name Of Jesus Christ I pray.

June 21