One day, someone shouted desperately: “touch me, Lord, let me see that you’re here!” God came near and touched her. But she chased the butterfly resting on her and left …!
Then she screamed again: “Lord, I need you!” And an email came in with words of encouragement and she erased it and continued to scream and cry. …
This person looked around and said, “Lord, let me see you!” And a star twinkled in the sky. But she has not seen or noticed it.
Then she shouted: “Lord, show me a miracle” And a life was born. But that person hasn’t been touched and noticed nothing.
Another day, she whispered: “Lord, speak to me!” And a bird sang. But she did not hear or pay attention.
Then she shouted: “Lord, speak to me!” And the thunder rolled across the sky. But … there was nothing surprising in it.
Do not forget: God is always near us in the simple things of life that we take for granted. Now, do not miss a blessing or a miracle because it is not wrapped the way you expected.
OPEN YOUR EYES!!
The man was lying curled up in the sun, like a pile of rags thrown there by accident. The man barely looked like a human, but those who crossed the door to get in and out of Jerusalem recognized him. As far as they can remember, this place was his. He was crippled, dropped off there every morning by a member of his family, and picked at the end of the day.
Since years, the pool of Bethesda was a real human museum: the lame, the blind, the deaf, the lepers, and so on, met there, as rumour claimed that an angel would sometimes stir the waters (nobody knew exactly when) and the first patient to get in was cured. A sort of lottery. And like all lotteries, desperate hope for a miracle. So in theory, the man was not alone.
But as no one had really spoken to him, long ago, he first thought the question was for someone else. Squinting into the sun, he did not recognize the face leaning over him. The cripple then asked him to repeat his question, perhaps he had misunderstood. If the voice was soft, the question seemed harsh, even cruel, “do you want to be healthy?” (John 5:1-9)
“What kind of question is that? What other purpose could I have spending every day of the last thirty-eight years lying here? He mocks me.” The man was accustomed to ridicule and suffered a lot of harassment. However, his vision was adjusted to the light, he could identified his interlocutor, and his eyes too. There was no trace of mockery in him. Obviously, this man takes his question seriously and expects an answer: “What do you want?”. Who would dare ask such a shocking question? JESUS! Obviously this man wanted to be healed. Not need to be God.
Really? Like most questions asked by Jesus, this one had a greater purpose than it seemed. Of course, Jesus knew the answer, but what about the man did he know It? All his life had been shaped by suffering. Every day, he had wanted only one thing. No question of wealth. No question of celebrity. NO, this man’s life was summed up in a simple but inaccessible DESIRE: WALK! So he was at this place for thirty-eight years, hoping to hit the jackpot.
Since when did he start to get discouraged? How long can we maintain our desire when disappointment is perpetual? Some resist longer than others, but ultimately, we all reach a state of resignation, cynicism or bitterness. Over the years, this man, as some of us, lost all vital link with the desire of his heart. He had given up his desire.
Asking him what he wanted, Jesus brought him into the secret of his own heart, to his deepest desire. Why? Because the desire must be our destination if we want to meet God.
It may be surprising, but Christianity is not an invitation to morality, or a program to conform to our society or to reform it. Christianity, essentially, begins with an invitation to desire. It has a powerful effect on our lives, but this transformation always start in your HEART!
“WHAT DO YOU WANT?”
“He who loves is patient, can wait, his heart is wide open to others. He is helpful, full of goodness and kindness, he seeks to be constructive to others.
True love is not possessive, it is not selfish, it is free from envy, it does not know jealousy.
When you love, you do not value yourself, you do not act presumptuously. Whoever acts with pride is not inspired by love.
Love is also honest and tactful. Love is polite and avoid to hurt or offend others, it is not disdainful.
Love does not act lightly or commits indecent acts.
Love does not seek its own interest or insists on its rights.
Love is not irritable, it is not susceptible.
When we love, we do not meditate evil against others and we do not suspect it into them. If wronged, we do not keep grudges. Love does not remember wrongs done against it.
Love is never happy when others do wrong, but it is always happy with the truth. Love never gives up on people.
It never stops trusting, never loses hope, and never quits. Love suffers, endures and forgives others.
Love will not end … “
The Bible, New Testament, The First Epistle of Paul to the Corinthians, chapter 13, verses 4-8
“Sorry, but we can’t do anything for you …”
That’s what two doctors told me last weekend when I went twice to the emergency for chest pain, difficulty breathing when I sit or lie down. A new symptom of the disorder of my immune system.
I confess that at that moment, listening to the demoralizing verdict of the doctors, I thought: here are two people who have spent years in medical school, obtained specializations and qualifications with names that are often hard to pronounce , saying they can do nothing against this intolerable pain. They add that the pain will not go away before days or even weeks!
That confirms the limitations of the human, despite his knowledge and qualifications. Ultimately, only God, my creator can DO EVERYTHING , because, in him the word impossible does not exist! So, on our way to home, in tears, Marc and I prayed to God again.
Dear friends, I’m much better today thanks to the Lord and your prayers, THANK YOU!
We would like to share this with you because when all is well in our dream land, we do not hesitate to share with you and give glory to God. Also, in time of trial, we want to keep the same attitude: glorify Him, keep the faith and trust in our Heavenly Father!