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Naaman, what are you hiding under your coat?


In 2 Kings 5: 1 we are introduced to Naaman and it reads, “Now Naaman was commander of the army of the king of Aram. He was a great man in the sight of his master and highly regarded because through him the LORD had given victory to Aram. He was a valiant soldier, but he had leprosy” (NIV).

Based on this Bible verse Naaman would be regarded as the Chief of Staff for the Arm Forces. He was a high-ranking member of Society, a defender of his country, and was well respected but he had a big secret about to explode, under his army fatigue. He was a victim of leprosy disease, which we all can relate to living in this era of COVID-19 and Monkeypox. If Naaman’s secret got out probably he would have been placed in isolation, lost his status, and treated like a ‘has-been”.

He was suffering in silence and must have been in pain because of this horrible disease and only his wife and her servant girl knew of his ailment. When you are suffering and in pain emotionally, mentally, or even physically, who do you tell? Who do you trust to key this secret? Who is willing and able to help you?

Protecting yourself from judgment

I have found that in this age of modern technology, social media posts, likes, and shares; most people just want to hear something about you to broadcast on social media. They don’t care about your emotional state and how revealing your secret could affect you and your family. There are so many hurting people around but because they don’t want their business to be captured on the WorldWideWeb they suffer in silence and like Naaman they have normalised their pain and have mastered the heart of putting on a show. What do I mean? If you ask if they are okay they will say yes and they will smile too. I remember when I had issues and when someone asks if I am okay and I say no and begin to explain they would cut me off. The truth is they don’t care when you hurt and what you have to say, as they were just making conversation and being polite, at the moment. I have learned that the only person that wants to hear what I have to say and help me with a solution is my Heavenly Father.

The disguise

When I was younger I used to watch Superman, a very powerful being from outer space. Every day he would go to work as Clark Kent with a pair of glasses as his disguise and his Superman suit under his work clothes. I always wondered how a pair of glasses could create a disguise for such a very obvious thing. He was hiding in plain sight. Most times people are suffering in plain sight but most times we don’t see the signs until it’s too late. Some people, including family members, will see and know what your issues are but they like it when you are broken, they get sick pleasure from your pain plus they use you to fulfill their personal goals.

The Great Lover of my soul

In Psalms 27:10, it states that “ When my father and my mother forsake me, then the LORD will take me up.”(KJV), and Psalms 139: 16 states that “Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be. (NIV)

Every day will not have sunshine, we will suffer the loss of family members to death, we will lose relationships that were near and dear to us, lose a job that we contributed lots of time and effort to (sometimes at the expense of our families) but we will have to remind ourselves that there is someone who cares for us. He will not give us more than we bare and he will keep our secrets, keep us safe, protect our character, and take our coats of shame.

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