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Naaman’s servants went to him and said, “My father, if the prophet had told you to do some great thing, would you not have done it? How much more, then, when he tells you, ‘Wash and be cleansed’!”  2 Kings 5:13

When Maria mentioned feeling stressed and weak, her friend Eva advised her to go to bed early. Maria laughed and said, “oh no, that has nothing to do with it. Besides, I need to destress after work”

Maria continued staying up late and complaining about how weak she felt. She visited her doctor, hoping to find a solution.

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After examination, her physician found nothing wrong. Her performance started to decline and she became very afraid and went for a second opinion.

Dr. Jones did another thorough examination and ran tests, but did not find anything wrong. Dr. Jones asked Maria to fill out a form and also describe her typical daily routine. After reviewing Maria’s routine, he recommended some adjustments; go to bed earlier, begin a diet plan, and exercise.


When Simple Changes can be Effective

So he went down and dipped himself in the Jordan seven times, as the man of God had told him, and his flesh was restored and became clean like that of a young boy. 2 Kings 5:14

Maria started going to bed early. It took a while to adjust but one month later she was completely in tune with her schedule. She goes for walks 45 minutes to 1 hour a day, and also started meal planning.

Over time she noticed increase energy, reduced stress, and more efficient work performance.

Maria later thanked Eva for her advice which could have saved her from three months of misery. “I did not listen because the solution seemed too simple. In reality it wasn’t easy, it took effort and time.”

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Every Simple Solution Isn’t easy

Simple isn’t always easy, and complex problems don’t always require complex solutions

If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him. James 1:5

Ilove that this verse offers a simple yet difficult solution to my eager prayer. I’ve read this verse in different translations hoping to find something different because to me it just can’t be this simple. Ask and you’ll receive, but I now I understood that there is something between the asking and receiving, and that is faith. As an over-thinker it is hard to keep my mind from wandering or wavering. It requires a lot of practice.


That’s why believing or acting on God’s promises can sometimes be very challenging. I would prefer solutions to be complex because then I have an excuse.  

God Often Give uncoplicated Answers

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When the solution is simple, God is answering. ALBERT Einstein

In general, it is difficult to accept simple solutions or answers, especially when the situation or circumstance is complex. Simple solutions are often easily overlooked.

In Maria’s case, the answer to her problem was simple but not easy. She made sacrifices in many areas. Naaman was also given a simple solution but it was difficult to swallow his pride and wash in the river.

I don’t know what areas of your life need adjustments or if your struggling to believe in God’s promises because they seem too simple, but I encourage you to try simple solutions and see how God works his miracles.

Thank you for reading. Stay Blessed Always!

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2 thoughts on “Devotion: Simple Isn’t Always Easy

  1. doriskoki
    doriskoki says:

    Wow. This is well articulated! Thank you for sharing this. It’s just interesting how we miss out on the good, and even on receiving from God, just because our egos can’t allow us to obey the simple instructions He gives.

    An amazing piece

    1. Marie Cook – I am a food lover, and cooking is therapeutic for me; it relaxes me and transports me to a quieter universe away from the noisy, busy modern world. I am a Counseling Mental Health & Wellness graduate student, wife, and stepmother. I love connecting with people from different cultural backgrounds through food, fashion, wisdom, and lifestyle in general. To be continued because I am still in the process of discovering who I am as I continue this journey called life. I promise to keep you all posted in the meantime.
      Marie Jeanderine Cook says:

      Thank you, dear. The pleasure is mine. You’re right on point, our ego often gets in the way of our relationship with God.

      Thank you for your thoughtful insights. I appreciate it

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