And Elisha sent a messenger to him, saying, “Go and wash in the Jordan seven times, and your flesh shall be restored, and you shall be clean.” But Naaman was angry and went away, saying, “Behold, I thought that he would surely come out to me and stand and call upon the name of the Lord his God, and wave his hand over the place and cure the leper. Are not Abana and Pharpar, the rivers of Damascus, better than all the waters of Israel? Could I not wash in them and be clean?” So he turned and went away in a rage. But his servants came near and said to him, “My father, it is a great word the prophet has spoken to you; will you not do it? Has he actually said to you, ‘Wash, and be clean’?” So he went down and dipped himself seven times in the Jordan, according to the word of the man of God, and his flesh was restored like the flesh of a little child, and he was clean. (2 Kings 5:10-14)~~
At some point in your life you’ve probably felt led to do something by God that seemed a little crazy or ridiculous at that very moment. Perhaps you asked God to do something in your life, but the initial outcome was not what you expected and you KNEW that the approach you took was the easy one that YOU wanted to take, rather than what you KNEW was the way God would intend! But you were not willing to humble yourself enough to submit to God’s methods. You wanted it how you wanted it, when you wanted it and the way you wanted it to come! When we ask God to do something in our lives we should never do it with an attitude or an expectation of exactly how and when He should do it. We are not greater than God and we must place our full faith in Him that He will do it at the right time and in the right way.
We are not in charge. God is the one in charge and, each of us must fully humble ourselves before Him and realize that His ways are not our ways. Now we might see some successes in our lives doing things our way, but we always have snags along the way and more times our efforts fail us. But when we submit to the Will of God, we might experience bumps here and there as He removes from us those things that hinder our success… That we hold onto kicking and screaming until we realize they were what has held us back; but our end result is exactly what God intended for us! Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct thy paths. Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the Lord, and depart from evil. It shall be health to thy navel, and marrow to thy bones (Prov 3:5-8)