I wonder what we would have over-heard if we could have listened into their conversation that day?
- “I heard Jesus is in town today.”
- “Quick, someone find out where He is!”
- “Let’s figure out how to carry you over on this mat to see Jesus.”
- “Today is the day, I just know it!”
Imagine the excitement and adrenaline rush as four friends put their heads together to figure out how to get their fifth buddy (a man who was paralyzed) to meet Jesus face-to-face.
They arrived at the house where Jesus was teaching. They tried to “bring him in and set him down before Him,” but that didn’t work because the house was already too crowded.
These mat-carriers were not easily deterred.
No. They were resourceful, resolute, faith-filled, unashamed, bold, determined, passionate and believing.
I mean really.
It takes those kinds qualities to take the roof tiles off another guy’s house and lower your friend–who is paralyzed–before a famous Rabbi in a house filled with religious Pharisees.
Yikes. That’s gutsy!
I don’t think I could have done that.
Actually, let me back up a bit. I don’t think I could have done that on my own!
I wonder if these five men were always resourceful, resolute, faith-filled, unashamed in their pursuit, determined, passionate, persistent, and believing—or, if they were able to do what they did with unwavering and bold faith—because they did it together.
- Did they speak inspiring words when one of them doubted?
- Did they cheer each other on when their corner of the mat felt heavy?
- Did they put their heads together when Plan A did not work?
- Was one of them a roofer by trade—who knew how to remove roof tiles for such a time as this?
Since they could not find a way to bring him in because of the crowd, they went up on the roof and lowered him on the mat through the roof tiles into the middle of the crowd before Jesus.
One thing is for sure, it is evident that they really loved their buddy who was lying on that mat.
Oh my, can you just imagine the hope and encouragement that flooded the heart of the man on the mat as he watched his friends navigate each twist and turn that had potential to block him from getting an intimate one-on-one audience with Jesus?
Luke 5:18-19 is where the Spirit of God halted my heart this past week. As I took time to linger in the story that unfolds in those two verses, I was reminded of three things:
1. Like the man on the mat, we too need intimate one-on-one time with Jesus.
Oh my! How the everyday so easily gets in the way of that. Raise your hand if you agree!
I tried to capture a picture of everyday below, but the fact is, everyday is much messier than this tidy and staged picture set up on my living room coffee table. (Again, raise your hand if you agree!!)
Everyday is variable and unpredictable at times.
It can be filled with clothes-cleaning, care-giving, diaper-changing, car-taxiing, house-cleaning, meal-making, homeschooling, bill-paying, workplace-working traffic and commuting, social media-distracting and email-returning activities and tasks PLUS so much more. We haven’t even talked about relational issues yet.
In all the everyday, we are often left breathless, wondering “how am I ever going to fit my quiet time in today.”
2. Although we may not be physically paralyzed like the man on the mat, we do come to Jesus with our own kind of brokenness.
That man on the mat was brought to Jesus just as he was. That is the only way to come to Jesus. Just as we are. It doesn’t matter the kind of brokenness. In fact, here’s the most awesome thing: the very same Jesus that we read about in the Bible that said to the man on the mat “Your sins are forgiven you” and “Get up and walk!” (v. 22-24) is the very same Jesus that heals our brokenness. (I just feel we need a reminder about that every once in a while!!! Amen?)
3. Like the man on the mat, we too need to do our faith-life with others.
We too need mat-carriers in our life.
Those around us who encourage us when we doubt, who help to shoulder our burdens in prayer, who put their heads together with us when we need discernment, and those who are like the roofer and can help to meet the practical needs in our life.
So three things. Three reminders:
- We need time daily with Jesus.
- We need to come to Him as we are.
- We need others to be a part of our faith walk.
In other words, just like the 5 friends needed each other, I need you, and you need me for our daily walk in Christ. (Colossians 2:6)
And together, we need the Lord.
So, I wanted to ask you: will you begin 2018 walking with me as we walk in Christ together on a Catch Your Breath 30 day Devotional Prayer Journey?
It’s more than a devotional. It’s more than “doing devotions” or having a quiet time.
It’s about learning better how to walk in Christ in the everyday–in the workplace, in the laundry room, while loading the dishwasher, when changing a diaper–again, when patiently waiting for your turn—in whatever YOUR everyday looks like.
It’s a journey you take at your own pace–coming to Jesus where you are and as you are.
Here’s what it will look like:
- a devotional Bible reading and prayer to start your day–delivered to your inbox
- a daily audio to listen to at anytime
- downloadable journal pages/worksheets
- a weekly summary video delivered to your inbox each Saturday
- a weekly (LIVE) Mentoring Circle video call where I will coach you through five spiritual habits that create SPACE™ throughout your day to walk in Christ. (you can watch the recording of this coaching if you can’t make it LIVE)
I want to be one of your mat-carriers are we begin 2018 – encouraging you, sharing inspiring words to spur you on, giving you practical tools to daily live out your faith, and to cheer you on right where you are at. And I would like you to be a part of my journey too!
I say that humbly and in complete dependance upon the Lord to lead both of us His way through this 30 day devotional prayer journey.
So, if you are ready to catch your breath after a busy Christmas season and join me, then click here to sign up for the journey.
The Catch Your Breath 30 Day Devotional Prayer Journey begins on Monday January 8th.
Lastly–if you are reading this, it means you got to the end of this long post! You are awesome!! Thank YOU for spending time with me today!!!