Hello Beautiful Sparrows! God has recently been telling me, “Give it away” and that is just what I am doing! I’ve invited some beautiful souls from my favorite Facebook community for women in the 50+ season of life, The Consilium: A Collective Where Wisdom Meets Grace. Enjoy the words from their hearts and, if you don’t mind, would you give my friend a hug by leaving a comment and giving a share or a tweet? And come on over to The Consilium – we would love to see you there!
“And they came, bringing to Him a paralytic, carried by four men. And being unable to get to Him because of the crowd, they removed the roof above Him; and when they had dug an opening, they let down the pallet on which the paralytic was lying. And Jesus seeing their faith said to the paralytic, ‘Son, your sins are forgiven.” Mark 2: 3-5
Jesus’ popularity is increasing. In Mark 1:40-45 Jesus filled with compassion, touched the leper and he was healed. In Mark 2, Jesus returns to Capernaum. Jesus meets many at a house. Can you imagine the excitement to hear Jesus speak, to be touched, to see his penetrating eyes? The people pressed in to listen to what Jesus was saying, there was no room in the house even near the door.
Four friends convicted by the paralytic’s plight were convinced Jesus would heal their friend. The paralytic lay on his mat discouraged as people walked past him on the way to meet Jesus. However, the friends were committed to the well-being of this man. With confidence as the plan unfolded, they said to one another, “If we do not help our friend who will?” These four men full of faith were compassionate, committed and convinced that only Jesus could heal their friend.
Upon arrival obstacles threatened success. The house was so crowded that the men could not get their friend to Jesus. Perhaps, another obstacle was that the people were so intent on their own needs that they had no desire to help this man. Beloved, there wasn’t cooperation from the people but the paralytic had four friends who believed that Jesus was the answer. They knew God cared about every detail of paralytic’s life. So with the man on the pallet they carried him up to the roof and dug a hole in the roof and lowered this man to the feet of Jesus. Jesus seeing the faith of the four healed the man spiritually, physically and emotionally.
What friend in your life needs your faith? Perhaps, there is an obstacle in your life paralyzing you preventing you from experiencing freedom, will you come to the feet of Jesus and accept His healing?
Father God, I pray for the beloved person that is reading this post, I ask that if she’s lonely, feeling paralyzed with fear that you would remind her in your word in 2 Timothy 1:7 that you did not give her a spirit of fear but of power, love and a sound mind. I ask if she does not have friends that today she will recognize you as her friend. For the woman who is suffering, will you heal her spiritually, physically and emotionally as you did the paralytic man. Lord fill us with compassion, commitment and conviction to serve one another in love.
You see, dear one, God cares about all the details of your life. 1 Peter 5:7 “Cast all your anxiety on him because He cares for you.”
My name is Diana Rockwell. I would like to thank Bonnie Wallace for this opportunity to guest post. I would also like to thank my father Troy Manley for the inspiration for this devotion. He is 89 and is still preaching. I was able to hear him preach on Mark 2 in May of 2014. My testimony is I am fearfully and wonderfully made but for many years I was paralyzed with fear. Today, I am free in Christ. I believe that God’s grace is sufficient to meet my every need. My ministry is helping women find freedom in Christ. I am a contributing member to Tracie Miles new book that will be released in October, “Your Life Still Counts.” My blog is at http://www.diana2rockwell.com. I hope that as my life transitions I will be an encouragement as I reflect on how God works in mysterious ways.