“I do believe, but help me no to doubt!"
The words today were taken from Mark's scripture depicting a man who had been crippled for 38 years. He spent every day of his life lying on a mat by the pool of Bethesda, hoping for a miracle. One day that miracle came. Jesus saw the man lying there in need. It was obvious that he was crippled and asking for help, but Jesus still prompted, "Do you want to be made well?" (John 5:6)
You would think he would have resonated with a deep "YES!" But instead he began listing all of his excuses. "I'm all alone. I don't have anyone to help me. Other people have let me down. Other people always seem to get ahead of me. I don't have a chance in life." Isn't that so like us? When we are desperate and in need, rather than readily accept the help someone is giving us, we need to ensure they understand what put us here in the first place. It is as though we must alleviate our guilt of being blessed!
Jesus didn't patronage the man asking him to elaborate. Instead he looked deeply into his eyes and said, " If you are serious about getting well, if you are serious about getting your life in order, if you really want to get out of this mess, here's what you must do: Get up off the ground, take up your bed, and be on your way." When the man did what Jesus told him to do, he was miraculously healed!
There is a powerful message in that for all of us today. If your serious about getting well, if you really want to be made physically and emotionally whole again, you must get up and get moving with your life. No more lying around feeling sorry for yourself. Stop making excuses. Stop blaming the people who may have contributed to your illness. Instead, start forgiving the people who have hurt you and move on. Trust God, get up, and step into a future that is waiting for you.
Today can be a turning point in your life. Stop playing the victim mentality. You may not understand why you are in the position you are in right now. Actually, that answer may never come. Yet, we spend so much mental energy trying to figure out how it happened, how it may have gotten its tentacles in you. The truth is you may never know that answer. Those "why" questions may never be revealed, but trust in God, and just accept the fact there may be some unanswered questions.
Must enough faith at this present moment and say, "God I don't understand it, but I trust you. I'm not going to spend my time trying to figure out how these things have happened. I'm going to make something good out of this and trust that you will heal me.
That type of faith is the attitude God honors.
Look around you. Is there anyone else who is combating such illness? You will be surprised at how many people function each day despite their grievances. There is immense power in the mind to strive higher despite setbacks.
Did you know that Montel William has MS? Or that Angelina Jolie had a double mastectomy? And Tom Hanks has Type II Diabetes? Each of these individuals has come to the spiritual acceptance to live and move despite their hindrances, and so can you. Accept that healing will come.
This Week's Meditation:
God's love created me like himself.
Meditate on this for several minutes a day. Allow your thoughts to come into your mind. Each time a negative thought comes slowly bring your thought process back to realizing you are made from love, and you are supposed to be where you are right now. Remind yourself of healing each moment.