Do you want to get well? ~by Julie Wendel

John 5:6-8 New International Version (NIV)

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?”

“Sir,” the invalid replied, “I have no one to help me into the pool when the water is stirred. While I am trying to get in, someone else goes down ahead of me.”

Then Jesus said to him, “Get up! Pick up your mat and walk.”

Jesus asks, “Do you want to get well?” The question would seem so silly if asked by anyone else. Of course, the man wants to get well! Who wouldn’t? Yet Jesus asked…

At this time, my heart cries out, “YES!” I want to be well, not so much in body but in heart, mind and spirit. I want the peace that passes all understanding and joy without ceasing. “Yes, Lord, yes!”

“Get up! Pick up your mat and walk.” Too often I have heard this message: Go do! Serve! Run!

But today my heart response. Get up and walk. Get up and takes Jesus’ hand and walk with Him.

I can easily get distracted with the doing and serving and running. But what my soul really needs is Jesus. For me this means I get up and walk towards Him. Often this comes through the quiet. Just me and Jesus.

Eventually I’m called to do, serve, run. But first I need to know it is well with my soul.

What do you do to get up and walk towards wellness?

At this time in my life, I am walking in stillness and quiet. I have found rest in viewing nature, singing my worship, meditating on scripture and talking and listening to my friend Jesus. This is healing my heart, mind and soul.

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