“DO YOU WANT TO GET WELL?”
Read John 5: 1-15
[Jesus] asked him, “Do you want to get well?”
A few years ago fallen power lines sparked a wildfire
that devastated more than 5,000 acres of pristine bushveld
(savanna). The fire made the veld look like a lunar landscape.
A vast stretch of land was reduced to black and gray ashes
with many burnt tree stumps protruding from the ground.
On a recent visit to the area, I could still see evidence of
the fire. But on closer inspection, I could see evidence of
healing. At the base of almost every burnt tree stump, I could
see the supple green shoots of a small new tree. The veld is
definitely in a slow process of healing. The evidence of the
new trees gave me reason for optimism and renewed hope.
Our lives can resemble that burnt landscape — especially when devastating,
unexpected events occur.
With time, however, if we
look closely, we may find
that healing is on its way.
Tragedy and disasters can
overwhelm us, but we
as people of hope can call out to God seeking new growth
and new life. When our lives are uncertain and in need of
renewal, Jesus asks us, “Do you want to get well?” Are we
willing to risk answering, “Yes”?
Prayer: Dear Lord, help us turn to you for healing when we
feel devastated by the circumstances of our lives. Amen.
Roland Rink (South Africa)
Prayer Focus: WILDLAND FIREFIGHTERS
Thought for the Day
What new way is God
showing me today?