Thursday, March 13, 2008

Countermeasure for Chaos

Do you ever feel you need a countermeasure for the chaos in your life? Maybe you need to break a habit or addiction. Maybe you have unhealthy relationships. Maybe you long for emotional, spiritual, or physical healing.

Sometimes we get so caught up in our hurt, habit, fear, addiction, distress, or anxiety that we get used to it. We may not realize we find some comfort in the disorder because it is what we know. Restoration may take us into unchartered waters that we would rather not navigate.

I want to share what I learned recently from a powerful sermon about moving out of the turmoil in your life. The minister spoke from John 5: 1-9.

Jesus asked the man, who had been ill for 38 years, "Do you wish to get well?" The man really does not answer Jesus. He gives Jesus excuses as to why he could not get into the water to be made well. What was behind his excuses? Had he become complacent? Was he insecure or afraid? Was he just so tired of trying that he felt defeated?

Jesus was not concerned with his excuses. Jesus did not focus on how long the man had been ill. Jesus told him to just walk. Instantly, the man was healed and walking.

The pain, excuses, fear, or anything else that hindered us will not hinder Jesus. If we dare to obey the instruction of Jesus, he can heal us. Take a step off the path of chaos onto the path of divine order that will lead to God given destiny.

Would you like to get well? Is there something hindering your healing? Stand up....and walk.


heather said...

Wow, this was powerful. Thank you for posting this. I am right on the cusp of daring to obey. Right between the excuses and needing to make the decision to keep going.
God bless you,

Lelia Chealey said...

Hi Michelle!
Thanks for your comment on my blog. I'm usually more serious than that, but just couldn't resist it. :)
So nice to "meet" you. This is a really good post. One I really needed to read after the week I've had. I really liked this line you wrote: "The pain, excuses, fear, or anything else that hindered us will not hinder Jesus." AMEN!!
Have a great night. I'll definitely be back to read more! :)