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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 5:10-12 WEB.

    Our band was preparing to play a show, but our regular drummer had an emergency and didn't show up. As we were trying to develop a new plan, the keyboard player pointed to the janitor who was sweeping the floor. They said he could probably fill in. I was pretty skeptical because having an out of time drummer is worse than not having one.

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

    After the set, I learned the janitor had played drums professionally for over twenty years until his shoulders began bothering him. He had 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. We became great friends and played together many times. The janitor playing drums for us was not what I expected that night, but it worked out better than I could have planned.

    In the same way, God rarely shows up as you expect Him to. 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. Naaman was disappointed, and he got offended.

    When Jesus came to earth, He was not what they were expecting. They were looking for a reigning king. But Jesus 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, and once he did what was asked, he 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. Please 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!

    Note: 'Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your request to God.' (Philippians 4:6-7) ~ If you have a prayer need, we are here for you! We and the prayer team are ready to lift you up at our private prayer page: RHM Prayer Network


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Brenda F
Brenda F

Amen

October 7, 2020
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Kay Collinsworth
Kay Collinsworth

Amen

October 7, 2020
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Patricia Walker
Patricia Walker

Amen. Thank you Heavenly Father for all of my Blessings.  Amen

October 7, 2020
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Lynn Brown
Lynn Brown

Help me Father to be open and attentive to Your plans, Amen.

October 7, 2020
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Dave and Sue Earlywine
Dave and Sue Earlywine

Thank you Jesus for all our blessings and loving us.We love and worship you. Amen 

October 7, 2020
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Marisa Jackson
Marisa Jacksonedited: October 8, 2020

We should ALWAYS treat others with respect and NEVER look down on someone because of their job status, enconomic status and racial status.  We are ALL God's children and we should look at each other as brothers and sisters in Christ.  God our Father made us in his image therefore, when we look at each other, we are looking at God!!  In Jesus most precious name I pray, Amen!!

October 7, 2020
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Cathy Webb
Cathy Webb

Amen!

October 7, 2020
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Richard Mondello
Richard Mondello

In Jesus name I ask it too,Amen.

October 7, 2020
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Theresa Bright
Theresa Bright

Thank you for your message. Thank you for your prayers for me. Everything was good. 

Thank you Jesus.

October 7, 2020
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Yvette York
Yvette York

Amen Good Morning Everyone 

October 7, 2020
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Cathy Webb
Cathy Webb

A most excellent reminder, Pastor Dion! Lord, please help me see what You see in others. Thank you. Amen!

October 7, 2020
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Jim Jarrell
Jim Jarrell

Amen! Thank You Lord!

October 7, 2020
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Jose Simo
Jose Simo

Heavenly Father open my eyes to see others as You see them, to show others Your love and forgiveness while we follow Your will. I want to be pleasing to You, lead us Lord. In Jesus Christ name I pray, Amen. Praise  the Lord. 

Excellent devotional reminder Pastor, God bless you and Sylvia. 

 

October 7, 2020
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Scott Riegelmann
Scott Riegelmann

Amen thank you Jesus

October 7, 2020
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Richard Mondello
Richard Mondello

In Jesus name I ask Amen. Guide me oh Lord my God. I need your presence in every aspect of my life. 

October 7, 2020
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Schalk  de Beer
Schalk de Beer

Yes Lord Jesus, amen 

October 7, 2020
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Liesel  aka  Lisa Wardle
Liesel aka Lisa Wardle

Amen and Amen!!! 

October 7, 2020
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Mari Kaufmann
Mari Kaufmann

Thank you God Amen

October 7, 2020
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Celeste Strenn
Celeste Strenn

Amen

October 7, 2020
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Keyana Mallory
Keyana Mallory

Amen 

October 8, 2020
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Wesley Paulus
Wesley Paulus

Amen!

October 10, 2020