In John 5, a sick man who had been disabled for 38 years, would lie by a pool of healing water, hoping to be lucky enough to enter into it and be healed. One day Jesus stopped and asked him if he wanted to be healed. The man said, “I don’t have anybody to put me in the pool. By the time I get there, somebody else is already in.” Jesus told him, “Get up, take your bedroll, start walking,” and the man was healed because he did what he was told out of blind faith.
There is a lesson for everyone in this story. You and I are like the crippled man. We may be held bondage to a stressful job or unfulfilling marriage—like me during the 38th year of my marriage. My spirit was restless; I knew I needed to remove myself from a job that was consuming me and then there was my sagging marriage. Out of blind faith (or insanity), I quit my job and took a leave of absence from my marriage. The following year brought about healing through marriage therapy and a more suitable job. I often say, “This was the worst year and the best year of my marriage,” My husband and I had many good years until his death–instead of “lying by the healing pool” hoping someone would throw us in.
God, help us to help ourselves. Amen.