Every Sunday morning since the church shut down, I’ve been teaching a Sunday School lesson to my kids in my living room. I’ve been using the Gospel Project curriculum which we used at the church.
This last Sunday, the lesson was on Elisha and his encounter with Naaman which can be found in 2 Kings 5. Long story short, Elisha was God’s prophet. Naaman had leprosy. Elisha told Naaman to dip into the Jordan River 7 times in order to be healed of his leprosy. So, Naaman does as he’s told and miraculously God heals him of his leprosy.
The lesson got me and the other adults in the room talking.
It got me thinking about the intersection of two things: 1. How quickly I get bored with routine and repetition and 2. how often repetition is featured when God acts.
More succinctly, it got me wondering if I miss out on God because I get bored too quickly.
There’s nothing to indicate that Naaman’s healing was gradual or incremental. There were no markers of progress from the 1st to the 7th time to encourage him to keep going. In all likelihood from the 1st to the 6th time, Naaman remained the same. And it wasn’t until the 7th and final time that God instantaneously acted.
I’ve found that nearly all Christians are personally on board with being more disciplined in their spirituality. Discipline is almost universally seen as a good thing.
My experience, however, is that boredom comes hand in hand with discipline. And very few of us are okay with being bored.
In this season of my life and the life of my family, I have been committing to staying true to the process, to fight against my feelings of boredom, to cultivating patterns/routines/rhythms, and to trusting that somewhere in there God will work in/through/around me.