07 April 2014

Get up, take your mat and walk!



Are you in a difficult situation now?  Do you sigh heavily because you are worrying about something?  Is your heart burdened by a problem that is not easy to overcome?  Is this problem causing you emotional pain and stress?  Are you hurt or did you hurt someone?  Do you sometimes wish you can stay in bed and shut everyone out?

My answer to all questions is Yes.  I have been on an emotional roller coaster ride the past month.  While Pastor Jonathan was preaching two Sundays ago, I can't help but say to God:  "Here you go again.  Your timing is always  impeccable."

John 5:1-9
The Healing at the Pool

Some time later, Jesus went up to Jerusalem for one of the Jewish festivals.  Now there is in Jerusalem near the Sheep Gate a pool, which in Aramaic is called Bethesda and which is surrounded by five covered colonnades.  Here a great number of disabled people used to lie—the blind, the lame, the paralyzed.  One who was there had been an invalid for thirty-eight years.  When Jesus saw him lying there and learned that he had been in this condition for a long time, he asked him, “Do you want to get well?”

“Sir,” the invalid replied, “I have no one to help me into the pool when the water is stirred. While I am trying to get in, someone else goes down ahead of me.”

Then Jesus said to him, “Get up! Pick up your mat and walk.”  At once the man was cured; he picked up his mat and walked.

Here are a few notes I wrote:
  • We all have our own sickness - medical condition, financial debt, family dysfunction, social norms, etc.  This "sickness" can cause emotional pain, stress and physical disability.  
  • Whatever "sickness" or problem I have, I should not let it steal, kill and destroy all the good in my  life.
  • The same way Jesus saw the man who had been an invalid for 38 years, God can see me now and He knows every pain and every difficulty.
  • Jesus heals but he wants us to:
    • Get up! - Have faith.  Trust God.  He will heal us.  BUT we must help ourselves too.  The example Pastor Jonathan gave was about financial debt. You cannot expect financial freedom if you do not change your spending habits and lifestyle.  
    • Pick up your mat - Once you decide to get up, your entire being must heal with you.  You have to stop lingering on your past.  You have to stop lingering on the pain.   
    • Walk! - Move forward.  Don't be stuck and don't go back.
All my worries, all my pain and all my thoughts, He knows and  He heals.  God's time is always the perfect time.

So, let's face the new week with courage.  Every day is an opportunity to plan and live a better life.  Get up!  Pick up your mat and walk!
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