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John 5:8 Jesus said to him, “Stand up, take your mat and walk.”
These moments mostly happen when I’m waiting for something or someone to change. In those times, I’m as blind, lame, and paralyzed as the invalids gathered around the pool in Beth-zatha in today’s gospel. And just like them, I’m trying to get into the pool—struggling to find my blessing, my wholeness. The men and women who are gathered in our story from John believe that an angel would trouble the water and whoever stepped in first after the stirring of the water would be made well.
I suspect we all have our Beth-zatha, convinced that everything will be better as soon as we get in the water, or cash the check, or get off the plane. But things won’t be better. We’re drowning in the illusion of Beth-zatha—of having to be there first, of blessings only going so far, of grace having a limit.
MOVING FORWARD: Are you spiritually stuck? Think of one thing you can do today to take up your mat and walk, to begin to become unstuck.