Eagle or Hippopotamus

Posted: June 5, 2012 in Jesus The Answer?

Jesus spoke the word, but God’s healing power could not be let loose until the man assumed the responsibility of choosing life and risking the possibility of transformation! What’s true then is still true for me.

The real question Jesus asks is, “Do you really want to be changed?” If i am content to stay as i am — no matter how miserable that may be — there can be no change, no possibility of healing for me. It’s almost as if Jesus said to the man and is saying to me: “Bend your will to being well and you and I will do this thing together!”

The truth is that i must recognize my own utter helplessness apart from God. That is our shared human condition. But then i must realize it is also true that miracles can happen when my will cooperates with God’s power to make them possible. The question Jesus asks is the ultimate question i must answer, “Do i really want to be made well?”

Even God himself can do little for me if  i am comfortable with my place in life. Too often i plod along in my debilitating condition, craving to be healed, yet resisting any change whatsoever. Carl Sandburg once said: “There is an eagle in me that wants to soar, and there is a hippopotamus in me that wants to wallow in the mud.”

That’s me, a part of me wants to fly like an eagle, but I get too accustomed to wallowing in the mud. i have dreams and visions, but then as i have gotten older, life’s realities convince me to settle for less — or to forget them altogether.

Jesus’ question to the man was about physical healing, but the man’s physical condition was not the main point. The question behind the question is about life itself: “Just what do you want from life? What is it i really need with God?” I’m afraid that many times i really don’t know what it is i need.

Most of what i have come to expect out of life comes straight from the television or movie screen. i buy into the false reality that the world presents me. i come close to selling my soul for an illusion of life — not the real thing.

Once in a while i buy into the false reality of a God who can be manipulated in order to make me healthier, wealthier, and wiser. With this god, everything happens by cause and effect. If i am suffering, then i have sinned. If i am not being healed, then i don’t have enough faith.

There was a crowd of sick people surrounding that pool? There were many invalids — the blind, the lame, the paralyzed. And as far as i know, Jesus asked only one of them if he would like to be healed. What about the others? What became of them?

Surely Jesus cared about them too, but he offers no explanation as to why grace came on that day to this particular man. There is a mystery about God’s healing and grace that i cannot understand or predict. Sometimes, though i want it desperately, healing, finances, blessings, opportunities do not come — at least in the way i want it.

The well-being Christ offers to everyone, is greater than my physical world. It has to do with the sickness of my soul. St. Augustine said, “We are all restless until we find our rest in Thee.” This is what God offers to me through Christ — rest for my soul. But maybe i have had something different in mind — something more material. If so, then maybe i don’t really want to be made well after all.

  1. oceansforpuddles says:

    Psalm 43:5 🙂

  2. Oh my goodness! an amazing article dude. Thanks Nevertheless I’m experiencing problem with ur rss . Don’t know why Unable to subscribe to it. Is there anybody getting an identical rss drawback? Anyone who knows kindly respond. Thnkx

  3. cwthorn says:

    Your statement is not true about suffering ” If i am suffering, then i have sinned.” the scriptures tell us we suffer for Him.

    Act 9:16 16 “For I will shew him how great things he must suffer for my name’s sake.”

    Matthew 5:11 “God blesses you when people mock you and persecute you and lie about you and say all sorts of evil things against you because you are my followers.”

  4. Ann Marie says:

    This is a great blog you need to look into expanding it to meet the criteria for Chicken Soup for your soul.

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