Daily Bible Reading: 2 Kings 5

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.” (​2 Kings 5:1-3 NLT)
In the midst of her personal disappointments, she looked at the people around her and wanted the best for them
The focus of this chapter is primarily Naaman and Elisha. The chapter includes the miraculous healing of Naaman’s leprosy. As I was reading today, I spent more time thinking about one of the lesser characters of the story, the young girl who had been taken captive.
We know very little about this girl. We know she was young. And since she had been taken captive, it may be assumed some violence had come to her family. At the very least, she had been separated from them, her friends, and the place she called home. She had been given to someone to be her maid.
In considering her circumstances, we could argue she had every reason to be bitter and angry. Yet what we see is compassion. In the midst of her personal disappointments, she looked at the people around her and wanted the best for them, even those who may have been responsible for her circumstances.
How do we deal with the disappointments, frustrations, and challenges of our lives? Would those around us describe our response as anger or bitterness? Or would they describe us as someone who is always hoping for, and working for, the best for those around us? What is your hope for the people you will think about or meet today?