LITTLE KITESTRINGBy: Darrelyn L. Tutt"Now Naaman, captain of the host of the king of Syria, was a great man with his master, and honorable, because by him the Lord had given deliverance unto Syria: he was also a mighty man in valor, but he was a leper. 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. And she said unto her mistress, 'Would God, my lord, were with the prophet that is in Samaria! For he would recover him from his leprosy. And one went in, and told his lord, saying, Thus and thus said the maid that is of the land of Israel. And the king of Syria said, 'Go to, go, and I will send a letter unto the king of Israel. And he departed, and took with him ten talents of silver, and six thousand pieces of gold, and ten changes of raiment....Then went he (Naaman) down, and dipped seven times in the Jordan, according to the saying of the man of God: and his flesh came again like unto the flesh of a little child, and he was clean. And he returned to the man of God, he and all his company, and came and stood before him: and he said, 'Behold, now I know that there is no God in all the earth, but in Israel: now therefore I pray thee, take a blessing of thy servant.'"2 Kings 5:1-5;14-15Today's Read: 2 Kings 5; Colossians 3-----The intersections in our lives are of great accounting and of the Lord's doing.Here stands the great King's captain, himself, taken captive by the words of a little captive in the dwelling of his home.The little captive was like a little kitestring leading and lifting to the Lord.How can we know when a kitestring or some simple thread might be placed in our hands, through the smallest of means, and direct our eyes to a heavenly place and a power unseen?How can we know who the "little captive" might be that seems of very little stature and account, yet directs us toward the life-giving enablement of the Spirit?How can we know when our lives will change and the "pull of the string" will lift us to new heights ... and directs us to new places?And how can we know when we might be that "string" to another?Who can know but God alone.-----The little Jewish captive asserts a concern for the well-being of her master and earnestly implores the master's wife to seek Elisha, the great prophet of Israel and a true man of God.The surety, sincerity, and simplicity of the little maiden's well-founded words point us to a home where, rehearsed and experienced in it, Jehovah's name bore weight and power, as did the prophets.The words spoken by the little maiden became the prelude into a cleansing, life-altering experience where Naaman was healed of his leprosy and made whole.It's hard to conceive a deliverance of such magnitude and mercy beginning with simple words from a simple little captive.It's hard to believe that in just one moment a decaying body was translated from disease and death to vitality and health.It's hard to believe where a single kitestring might lead us;What a single kitestring might be:1) The little captive's words directed Naaman to the prophet Elisha.2) The prophet Elisha's words led Naaman to the Jordon.3) Naaman's obedience to the word (dipping 7 times) led him to the Lord and to a personal encounter with Him.Mmmm ...It's a very simple story with very profound results.The story of a kite flying high;The tender string being handed over.Praise God for the "captive" little maidens in our midst.-----Three Study Considerations:1) Reflect on a kitestring "episode" in your life.Who was involved and who helped lift your eyes to Jesus?2) Record a reality you received from today's reading. Write it down.How can it be activated tangibly?3) Who needs a kitestring ... a gentle word of encouragement, a thoughtful deed or tender act that lifts the eyes to Jesus.Be the kitestring.
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