“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. John 5:6-7
“Do you want to get well?” Jesus asked the man as he lay by the Sheep Gate in Jerusalem. Surely people inquired about this poor man as they did me while I sported my snappy looking knee brace. He had been lying by the pool for years and no one would help him into the healing waters.
Unlike him, I garnished many looks and remarks as I limped along wearing my new fashion accessory. “You poor thing” or “Did you strain your knee running in a marathon?” were just a few. (I don’t even know how many miles are in a marathon, but if it equals four laps around North Park Mall, that might be a realistic possibility.) Being a straight – forward person, the truth always came out. “Never table dance in six inch heels. It can be hazardous to your health, especially if your husband spills lemonade on the table. In fact, it can result in a slip and fall even by the most balanced of dancers like me.” As I perched on the edge of that rickety table looking for a hand to catch me, I wonder how many blessings I have missed by being self-absorbed and passing others with despair in their eyes as they sat on the edge of the pool of life like the man at the Sheep Gate? They might have been looking for a hand to catch them, push them into the healing waters, or praying for a listening ear and gentle touch. Praying for the Holy to enter their being so they could be healed body, mind and spirit.
Like them, sometimes I limp through my days looking for a little help and others I dance, enjoying every minute. But then I slip on the edge and in fear grasp the edge instead of diving in headfirst. Perhaps since my table-dancing days are over, I’ll have more time to keep my feet on the ground, listen for the Holy One and keep my eyes open for others who want to go for a little dip. I’m blessed someone tossed me in years ago, but I can always use a refreshing dip.
Pray with me:
Dear Lord of Refreshment,
Your healing powers are just a breath away. Help me to let go and slip into Your healing arms.
I’m dancing for You
Points to Ponder:
1. What prevents you from resting in Jesus’ arms?
2. Have you ever seen pain or hurt in someone’s eyes? Were you present for them?
3. Have you been touched by a stranger’s kindness to you?