forward motion: a miracle

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You know how some things just don’t go how you want them to go? And you spend so much time fighting it, trying to change it, trying to win a battle you’ve, in reality, already lost. You come to the point when you just have to accept it. Accepting it is the only thing left to do. It’s all you can do.

Sometimes, all of life simply boils down to episodes of acceptance and moving on. But when you choose acceptance, you can live life again. You’re back in the land of the living. Acceptance is the only way to move forward. The only way back to the land of the living.

If you don’t move on, you can’t live life. If you don’t move forward, you will eventually become irrelevant. Your friends all around you are living life. They want to help you out of the ditch, but there’s nothing they can do if you want to stay in the ditch.

There are a lot of stories in the Bible about Jesus healing people, but there is one that I feel has a direct spiritual connection to the emotional need to move forward. In fact, this is one of the scriptures that became rather significant to me while I was fighting depression. It can be found in the Gospel of John, chapter 5, verse 1 through 14.

There was a pool in Jerusalem where people with disabilities gathered because it was believed that an angel would occasionally stir up the water, and then all who entered the pool would be healed. This pool was called Bethesda. When Jesus went there, he met a man who had been waiting 38 years to be healed by the waters of the pool, but he had no one to assist him when the waters were stirred.

This is the interesting part of the story: Jesus asked him question. “Do you want to be healed?” Think about that. Why didn’t Jesus just heal him on the spot? Doesn’t anyone who is under any form of ailment desire healing?

Like I said earlier: our friends want to help us out of the ditch, but there’s nothing they can do if we want to stay in the ditch.

Do you want healing?

When the man answered Jesus, he neither said yes nor no. He 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.”

If you ask me, that sounds exactly like someone feeling sorry for himself. And I’ve been there; I would know! “I have no friends. No one understands me. No one could understand me if they tried. I’m all alone.” Do I want to be healed???!? Do I want to get better??!!? Do I WANT out of this ditch of self-pity?

Jesus, in his grace and loving kindness, still healed the man; but in order for the healing to happen, action on the man’s part was required. Jesus said to him, “Get up! Pick up your mat and walk.” As soon as the man did this, a man who – don’t forget – had been an invalid for 38 years, he was healed.

Jesus’ healing doesn’t work like a magic wand. There is no spell that is cast upon us or words spoken to break a spell. Jesus’ healing power not only comes from God, but from his own heart of compassion for those who are sick, for those who are stuck in a ditch. Unlike our friends who want to help us, he knows our hearts and he knows whether or not we really want his help.

In the words of Jesus, “Do you want to be healed?”

If you don’t, then there’s no way you’re going to be able to move forward. Forward motion just might be the miracle you need right now.

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