Which one are you?
I was reading the story of the paralyzed man today in my bible. It's about a group of friends that carried their paralyzed buddy through the desert because they heard about this guy, Jesus, who could heal people. So they packed up, and set out on an adventure to help their friend.
Here's how it went down:
3 Then they came to Him, bringing a paralytic who was carried by four men. 4 And when they could not come near Him because of the crowd, they uncovered the roof where He was. So when they had broken through, they let down the bed on which the paralytic was lying.
5 When Jesus saw their faith, He said to the paralytic, “Son, your sins are forgiven you.”
6 And some of the scribes were sitting there and reasoning in their hearts, 7 “Why does this Man speak blasphemies like this? Who can forgive sins but God alone?”
8 But immediately, when Jesus perceived in His spirit that they reasoned thus within themselves, He said to them, “Why do you reason about these things in your hearts? 9 Which is easier, to say to the paralytic, ‘Your sins are forgiven you,’ or to say, ‘Arise, take up your bed and walk’? 10 But that you may know that the Son of Man has power on earth to forgive sins”—He said to the paralytic, 11 “I say to you, arise, take up your bed, and go to your house.” 12 Immediately he arose, took up the bed, and went out in the presence of them all, so that all were amazed and glorified God, saying, “We never saw anything like this!” -Mark 2:2-10
A couple of things hit me today when I read this. First, that God knows better. We may be begging for one thing and complain when we get something else. So instead of being frustrated, this story is a reminder to trust. Personally, I could be begging for God to send me a Godly man, or I could trust that He will at the right time, and right now I need to focus on what He has sent me, my 3 children, and be faithful with that.
Then, I realized there were four Godly men surrounding one broken man. They loved Him enough to sacrifice to get their friend to Jesus. I imagine it was a long, hot, trip. I imagine they were hungry, but didn't stop.
Sometimes you’re the paralyzed man or woman who needs healing.
Sometimes you’re the friend that needs to carry another.
Which one are you? Who do need to carry?