today was the day that you could do
whatever you wanted
with whomever you wanted
wherever you wanted?
WHAT would it be?
With WHOM would it be?
WHERE would it be?
This is crazy as I just got paralyzed thinking about this
as I don't know how I would answer in this second
because I am so used to not having these choices
over the past couple of months
as we have been in this time of WAIT.
But WHAT IF?
Once Upon A time there was
"a multitude of those who were sick, blind, lame, and withered"*
laying by a pool
"waiting for the moving of the waters;
for an angel of the LORD went down at certain seasons into the pool & stirred up the water; whoever then first, after the stirring up of the water, stepped in
was made well from whatever disease with which he was afflicted.]"*
And there he was WAITING~
"A man was there who had been ill for thirty-eight years"*
And then HE showed up~
"When JESUS saw him lying there, and knew that he had already been a long time in that condition, HE said to him, 'Do you wish to get well?'"*
Are you thinking what I am thinking?
Why would JESUS ask such a question?
Does JESUS know more about this man than this man knows about himself?
Does JESUS know more about me & you & everyone else more than we know about ourself?
But the man did the right thing, and answered the question~
“SIR, I have no man to put me into the pool when the water is stirred up,
but while I am coming, another steps down before me"*
And then JESUS does what HE does best as an encounter with JESUS never leaves you the same.
WHAT~Do you want to get well?
WHO~ you & me & everyone else?
WHERE~right where you are at this very moment.
Think about it. Really think about it.
Right this second. WHAT IF we always just show up with JESUS?
"JESUS said to him, 'Get up, pick up your pallet and walk'."*
WHAT IF JESUS said that to you & me & everyone else?
“Come to ME, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest" (Matthew 11:28)
Would we get WHAT we wanted or would we get WHAT we needed?
"Immediately the man became well, and picked up his pallet and began to walk" *(John 5:1-8)
REAL LIFE. REAL STORY. REAL GOD.
Oh the WHAT IF that happens IMMEDIATELY
when we come
just as we are
to the ONE is always
WAITING for us to just show up.
THE COMPASSION OF JESUS (watch this short video)