Most of us have balked at doing things in a way that felt demeaning or just contrary to our will. Wanting our way over someone else’s way (even if that someone else is God) can mean arrogantly thinking our way is best. Most of us have also felt uncomfortable asking for help. It stings our pride. It often feels easier to be the giver. When we receive without reciprocating, it’s uncomfortable. We feel beholden. Most of us don’t find it easy to depend on others, unless forced to do so by dire straits. But we are all indebted to God for every breath we take. What do any of us have that is not a gift from God? Being reminded of this keeps us humble in a healthy way. Our spiritual journey is an ongoing process. Whether or not our faith experience is marked by dramatic turning points, there is always room for growth. Like Naaman, we can go forward in peace. God gives us all we need to continue growing in faith as we do our imperfect best to act on what we have already been given.
—from the book Fools, Liars, Cheats, and Other Bible Heroes by Barbara Hosbach