Are you sick? Really…are you?
One who was there had been an invalid for thirty-eight years. When Jesus saw him lying there and learned that he had been in this condition for a long time, he asked him, “Do you want to get well?” —John 5:5-6
It is easy to admit when you are physically ill, isn’t it? Feeling under the weather is a status society accepts and many times wishes of healing, prayers, and positive vibes quickly follow. Taking medication, sipping tea, and getting plenty of rest are ready remedies to mend you to rejoin your peers in activities of life. If only it were really THAT simple—are you sick? Really…are you? When was the last time you looked into your own eyes, into your own truth, to gauge your mental and spiritual well-being? When was the last time you faced your fears and insecurities, your shortcomings and weaknesses, all of those things that hold you back from being the best YOU that you can be and asked yourself, “Do you want to get well?” How long have you held yourself in bondage??? Seriously, do you want to get well?
It seems like a lifetime ago now, but there was a time when I found myself totally exhausted. Thankful I had not been in that condition for thirty-eight years, but I had been in it far too long. The time had come for me to face my truth. I stepped away from the distractions–from the parasitic noise I allowed to influence my life. I surveyed my landscape, and was brutally honest about my condition. Looking into my eyes I asked myself, “Do you want to get well?” My answer would be life-changing.
“YES,” my soul shouted! Then, I cried… for two weeks. Without my full comprehension, my cleansing had begun. What I later realized was that with every tear I shed, a weight was being lifted. I believe God was patiently waiting on me to get to the YES! I needed to consciously want to get well. THANK GOD I WANTED HEALING!
I could go on and on about the positive life-changes I have made which are a direct result of my decision to heal, and of the blessings these changes have brought. It is all founded, however, on deepening my relationship with God and on trusting His promises. I had compromised this focus before. As a result, I became enervated. Lesson learned!
Are there things in your life, in yourself that you want healed? Is it time for you to take a timeout—to get in a quiet place and have an honest conversation with God about your condition? Do not sleep on YOU! Do not sleep on HIM! Do not get to the end of your life only to WAKE UP with a Should-a, Would-a, Could-a List. Do you want better for your WHOLE life? If so, do not become satisfied with simply being a get well-wisher! God wants you healed! Take action! You have rested long enough!