|We are never told his name, only that he was one among “a great multitude,” lying near a pool, hoping to be healed. He had been there for 38 years. Thirty-eight years.
An impotent man. Without power to change his situation. Helpless. Unable to take effective action which, in this case, was to enter the water after it was “troubled” by an angel. Thirty eight years.
Then he is asked a question by the One Who could heal him, “Do you want to be healed?” His response, “I have no one to help me get to the water.” The One’s command, “Rise, take up your bed and walk.”
What a command to man who was impotent. Powerless. Helpless. Unable to change his situation for 38 years. But with the commandment came the enablement to do what he had not done for so long. “Immediately,” the Bible records, the man was made whole, and took up his bed and walked. Not just healed. Made whole.
So it is with us. Whatever He call us to do, even when it is what we have not been able to do before or are incapable of doing on our on. He gives us the power we need. To rise. To run. To love. To forgive. To change.
Joining Kate Motaung and a group of courageous writers for Five Minute Friday. The prompt is “Rise.” To learn more about Five Minute Friday (and perhaps join us?) click here.