If we set our hearts on getting to the top but instead find ourselves on the bottom rung of the ladder it will usually lead to great cynicism and bitterness. We will desperately look around for people to blame for our failures, we might even indulge in fantasies of revenge.
The servant girl in 2 kings 5 was on the bottom of the economic status. As an Israeli girl under her Syrian captor she could have blamed Naaman for her present conditions, i.e. captivity. Inwardly she could have gloated over the fact that he was a leper, perhaps even feeling that “it served him right for taking me captive.” But instead she was willing to bless and do good to the one who was her enemy (vs 3). She was willing to help provide a cure for her captor.
In a strange twist of circumstances Naaman was in the hands of this servant girl. With her knowing a means for his healing, she could literally save his life or enable him to suffer and die through an ugly disease. The servant on the bottom was more powerful than the master on the top. This un-named servant girl chose to provide help to the one that was ruling over her, one who had often raided her own villages and homes of her country. The result of her showing compassion and helping one who did not deserve it was that Naaman ended up acknowledging that there was “no God in all the earth, except in Israel” (vs 15).
Take a moment to think about those around you whom you may think do not deserve to be shown kindness or to be given help. Ask God for wisdom so that you may bless and honor them, as this unnamed servant girl honoured her master.