One aspect changed everything for a man who was discouraged, worn out, and tired of trying.
A paralyzed man was poolside, amongst a crowd of people who all needed healing. Collectively they believed that this was the place to be cured—if only they could get to the pool first, when the water was stirred.
We all want to be first, don’t we?
He’d been invalid for 38 years. Stretched out on his mat of hope, his discouragement came from reaching out and not receiving help.
Time and time again, he saw the water move and desperately grabbed hold of someone. “Carry me! Please! Get me to the water.” Try after disappointing try, someone else got into the pool before him.
Then. One moment in time, he was seen. A stranger who was just passing thorough town, stopped and took notice. He looked into the paralyzed man’s eyes, “Do you want to be healed?” Do you want help?
The paralyzed man was silent. He’d asked for assistance for so long, he thought the man was joking.
With raspy voice he replied, “Sir, I have no one to put me into the pool when the water is stirred up, and while I’m going, another steps down before me.” I’ve been asking, no one helps. I try to connect with others, but no one responds. Everyone puts their needs ahead of mine.
Then Jesus proclaimed, “Get up, take up your matt, and walk.”
And just like that, the man went from invalid to valid. Healed from his disability, and validated in his belief—never stop hoping in humanity. He understood that he couldn’t do it on his own.
Instantly, his life was forever changed because someone stopped, took notice and helped.
Jesus always takes notice.
Healing comes when you don’t give up, and believe in the power of doing life together.
One aspect changed everything for a man who was discouraged, worn out, and tired of trying: Hope.
He reached out one more time.
Are you feeling weary? Asking but not receiving?
Connect with someone.
Someone is out there, ready to take your hand and help you up.
Continue to hope.
Reach out in faith.
Then get up, take up your faith mat, and walk it out.
“That I may be encouraged together with you while among you, each of us by the other’s faith, both yours and mine.” Romans 1:12