There are times in my life when I’ve known something isn’t right. At one time it was my emotional well-being, other times it was my physical health requiring attention and sometimes I was in a bad spot spiritually. In every one of these situations, there was a juncture. Would I continue in a state of dis-ease or seek healing? It was a choice I had to acknowledge and make.
Jesus knew the importance of making that choice. He didn’t push his will or desire on anyone, even if it would be for their best.
1Afterward Jesus returned to Jerusalem for one of the Jewish holy days. 2Inside the city, near the Sheep Gate, was the pool of Bethesda, with five covered porches. 3Crowds of sick people—blind, lame, or paralyzed—lay on the porches. 5One of the men lying there had been sick for thirty-eight years. 6When Jesus saw him and knew he had been ill for a long time, he asked him, “Would you like to get well?”John 5:1-6
Sometimes a person chooses to stay in her state of dis-ease. The road to health and wholeness seems long and riddled with complexity. The man at the pool of Bethesda certainly felt his healing was completely impossible. Yet, Jesus saw beyond the process to the end possibility. He was willing to do the impossible, if the man desired to get well.
I think he regularly asks us the same question. “Would you like to get well?” So how about it, do you want to be better? Are you tired of the dis-ease in your life? Ready for something better?
We all have the choice to make. What will you say?