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Want to start here? Pray for God to speak directly to your current situation.
And then take a moment to read Mark Two.
Jesus, The Four Men, & The Paralytic Man (Mark 2:1-12)
This isn't one of those stories that is casually referenced often, but I think if you've spent more than a few years at church, you've probably heard a sermon on this section of The Bible.
(And, in all honesty, you heard it from someone far more experienced and wiser than me.)
But this story just struck me. I see two types of people represented in these few verses.
-The Vulnerable & Surrendered (The Paralytic Man)
-The Supporting & Determined (The Four Friends)
Take a moment and just picture the scene. So many people had heard of Jesus' glory that they were surrounding Him. I picture other disabled men and women waiting outside the house just hopping to get to lay eyes on Jesus. Hopping to have their lives changed.
I see the paralytic man from the story that is just desperate to lay eyes on Jesus, to sit in His glory, to be healed. Seemingly impossible.
Then I see the second type of person, the four friends. They see the paralytic man's desperation and they choose to support him. They choose to push him towards God no matter the cost.
Then, I think of my own life. I would look a lot more like the four men than the paralytic man. Not because I am a great friend, but because I'm relatively blessed. How many chances a day do I get to help someone get closer to God? How many chances do I not take?
I stand by the fact that one of the most beautiful things in the world is seeing a soul completely surrendered-- a soul in a place that God must come through or they'll be in a world of hurt.
That is the paralytic man. Completely surrendered.
After his friends had lowered him down to the feet of Jesus--what was he to do to? The man had no other exit plan than to pray Jesus healed him.
Spoiler Alert: Jesus came through. He always does when someone is wholly surrendered. The man picked up his mat and walked.
How do you think the friends felt when they saw their friend walk off into the distance? Did they make his win their win? Or did they regret not lowering themselves down instead?
King of Kings, I pray that whomever reads this (including myself) might be a better friend. Lord, please help us to celebrate our friend's wins. Help us to speak life and encourage others to surrender at the feet of Jesus. Help us look more like you. Amen.
Here at Desperately Dependent, I write about how I need God much more than He needs me. I write about how living the Spirit Filled Life is changing me and the people around me. And how so many 'failures' and awkward situations arise from being a Christian Twenty Something.