Christ healing the Paralytic at the Pool of Bethesda -Bartolomé Esteban Murillo
Mama, are you hurting? Has your heart been broken...by a friend, by your family, maybe even your husband? Do you need healing? Can you be heard crying out to God? Are you depressed, do you overeat, are you anxious? Do you find yourself lashing out in anger?
Come to the pool. Wait for the angel to stir the waters.
Now there is in Jerusalem near the Sheep Gate a pool, which in Aramaic is called Bethesda…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.
Jesus comes. He always comes. He hears our cries.
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?”
He asks us, “Do you want to get well?” What will we say? Why did he ask that question? Isn’t it obvious? Don’t I want to get well?
Sometimes we are content in our brokenness.
As awful and draining and painful as it is, we are familiar with it. We will call out to God, but when He asks if we want to get well, we hesitate.
“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.”
There are steps to take. Will we pick up our mats? Will we take those steps? We might have to tell our pain to another. To birth our well-hidden, night-nursed sorrows into the light. Or we could be required to confront, repent, forgive.
Jesus is here.
He is ready to heal us. But we have to pick up our mats and walk.