Yes…But…

“Do you want to be made well?” John 5:1-18  Although a simple question needing only a simple answer, the gentleman forever longing to reach the water in this passage, insisted there was a reason, making the case that it was a little more complicated than it appeared (and it was). However, like many situations in our own lives, his answer implying “yes… but”, is something we all at times do when we perhaps try to over analyze. The gentleman in this story did of course have a hindering physical disability and I believe nothing short of a miracle of faith was necessary and the power of that faith enabled him to act. It was faith that he probably didn’t even know he had (before encountering Jesus) because from the perspective of his life, others and the law, wouldn’t allow him to believe. An interview that I recently heard confirmed something I learned sometime ago. If you have an idea about something that you’ve always wanted to do, don’t tell anybody just start doing it. However small or limited your abilities, act on what it is you want. Start with what you can do. Precious God, thank for your gifts, but most of all thank you for your sufficient grace that enables us to use them all, great and small.

Making My Way

“….and while I am making my way, someone else steps down ahead of me.’  John 5:1-18  Sometimes it seems as though there is always someone ahead of us in life. News Break! There will always be someone who is ahead of us! But that is merely a physical concept. We all have some limitations, some of which we caused and some caused by no fault of our own or anyone else. The man in this story was ill but this day he had the good blessing of crossing paths with Christ. Jesus knew that the man had been at that portico a long time trying to get in the water and no one else would help him. I think one of the worst things about achieving goals is the feeling that no one will help you. Feelings of abandonment can sometimes be misunderstood or miscommunicated. Yet as believers, as long as we are making our way, God will not abandoned us. By our faith we are already ahead and are always where we need to be so that God’s glory may be revealed and not our own. Everyday, with every praise and every prayer, we cross paths with Christ. So while we are making our way, we must remember to ask ourselves, “Have we crossed paths with Christ today?”