Wednesday Word 5.22.2019
John 5:1-9 New International Version
“1 Some time later, Jesus went up to Jerusalem for one of the Jewish festivals. 2 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. 3 Here a great number of disabled people used to lie—the blind, the lame, the paralyzed. 5 One who was there had been an invalid for thirty-eight years. 6 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?” 7 “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.” 8 Then Jesus said to him, “Get up! Pick up your mat and walk.” 9 At once the man was cured; he picked up his mat and walked. The day on which this took place was a Sabbath”
There is a lot of noise in this world. Static, blaring horns, nagging self-talk in the back of our minds, incessant babble; all of these and a thousand more. All are telling us which way to go and where to turn. Lots of opinions shared, whether we solicit them or not. All of that noise makes it difficult to know what it is that we really want; or, better still, what it is that we really need. Do we long for things because others say we should?
The man at the pool of Bethesda knew he wanted to get into that healing water. You get the impression he had been trying for a very long time to reach his heart’s desire. That is what he thought would fulfill his dreams of health. How many times have you caught yourself thinking, “If only I could…” that new car, that last fifteen pounds, that better job, etc., etc. If only we could hear the voice of our Savior that clearly. But, would we get it? The man at the pool spoke with him face to face and still missed his meaning! Are we missing his meaning for our lives? Are we just lying on our mats, lamenting that which is out of our reach?
Maybe if we turned off the noise, we could better hear Christ Jesus. Maybe if we didn’t rely on what all that noise is telling us, we could hear the whispers of the Holy Spirit telling us to get up and walk…something to pray about.
Your sister in Christ, Vicki