This Lenten season, how far would you go to meet with God?
Like every good relationship it takes two to make it work and although God always chases after us sometimes, we don’t do all we can to meet with Him.
I think of the story of Jesus healing the paralyzed man as an encouragement for this topic. A group of friends were carrying a man, their friend who was paralyzed, to meet Jesus who was speaking at a house. It was probably quite hot and carrying a man in the heat for possibly a long period of time would be quite tiring. When they arrive at the house they were met with an obstacle – the house was surrounded by people and so they couldn’t get in to see Jesus.
What marvels me is at this point in their journey, they didn’t see the crowds and decide to pack up and go home. Their response wasn’t what mine would’ve been “Oh well, we tried, worth a shot – let’s go home.”
Instead, they climbed upon the roof of the house, carrying the paralyzed man still, and dug a hole into the roof and lowered the paralyzed man to Jesus. It’s also worth mentioning that back then they didn’t have metal or cement, so rooves were mainly made up of manure and sticks. It was then that Jesus saw the faith of the friends and the paralyzed man was healed.
Lent is a time to go deeper in our relationship with God. To ask the question, am I in the place where God wants me to be today?
How far would you go in this season of waiting to meet with God?
PRAYER: Lord, here I am. This is me in all my imperfections and I need you today. Help me to go further this Lent. Not just to bring others to you but let me go the distance to bring myself to you. Let my faith be one that makes you marvel. Amen.