Down at the Pool

Updated: Aug 10, 2019

When is enough, enough? When do you stop trying and just accept the situation? I really don’t know. This is an area that I am struggling with right now as I attempt to reconcile my heart with my head and my spirit with my flesh, and it literally feels as if I’m coming apart. Anybody?

Have you ever felt as if you were standing in the middle of the street, yelling and waving your hands, warning of the danger ahead only to be ignored? Or maybe you were heard, but not heeded and you stand back numb watching the unbearable occur all the while knowing that this circumstance was allowed to happen?

Do you rush in to shield and protect despite the indifference? Do you absorb the hurt to prevent the pain? How do you protect someone who doesn’t want protection and when do we say, “when” and quit trying?

I honestly do not know. I would never assume that I had the answer for this. This is not one of those “one size fits all” kind of scenarios. All I know to do is look to Jesus.

I’ve been reading how Christ did ministry and it has shed some light in my current circumstance. I actually told God I wasn’t putting my Bible down until he gave me something to cling to because I was desperate and needed direction. I’m so thankful he is always faithful despite my weakness.

So, as I was searching and seeking these three themes continued to catch my attention as Jesus ministered to others by offering healing and truth.

  • Jesus had limitations. Now, I do not mean Jesus was limited. He was not. He was God in every way with all power and all might. What I mean is that he never forced anyone to receive what he was offering. He gave those he was ministering to a choice. They could choose the healing or choose to stay in their current circumstance.

John 5:6 is a great example of this. As Jesus approaches the lame man by the pool of Bethesda, he asks a very simple question, “Do you want to be healed?” You can look at it in several different translations and they all basically say the same thing. “Do you want to get well?” (NIV) “Do you wish to get well?” (NASB) “Wilt thou be made whole?” (KJV) Every translation tells the same story. Jesus was willing to heal, but only if the lame man wanted the healing.

  • Jesus was resoundingly rejected. Now, I know this is not earth shattering to anyone, but I want this to sink in. Jesus was speaking the truth over people’s lives. He was offering the way of escape, the way to life-eternal and a lot of people said, “No, thanks.”

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