Now there is in Jerusalem by the sheep gate a pool… where lay a multitude of those who were sick, blind, lame, and withered, waiting for the moving of the waters [for whoever stepped in was made well.] A man was there who had been ill for thirty-eight years. When Jesus saw him lying there, He said to him, “Do you wish to get well?” The sick man answered Him, “Sir, I have no one to put me into the pool.” Jesus said to him, “Get up, pick up your pallet and walk.” Immediately the man became well. – John 5:2-9 (NASB)
If we are ever to be made whole, it will not happen by waiting on the sidelines, by someone else carrying us along, or by magical rituals. Jesus is the only way for a life to be made whole again. We must believe in His authority, pick up our own baggage, and walk away from old beliefs and habits that cripple us. Get up, pick it up and start walking!
Today I commit to getting off the sidelines. Help me leave the past behind, forgive myself and start strengthening my faith as I walk forward with You.
-Sue Breland, Journey Through the Cross: Meditations for Lent ©