"The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid. Do not be discouraged."
~ Deuteronomy 31:8
Years ago I was telling the story of the paralyzed man who was being lowered down through the roof to the footstool of Christ to be healed to a faith community. As I shared about those that had carried him, dug through the roof, then lowered him using ropes, Jesus then declares that, "because of the faith of your friends, take up your mat and walk."
I've thought a lot about those folks over the years who dared to do the unthinkable and help the man whom they had passed by day after day. Much like those that stand on our interstate corners, asking for help, the paralyzed man was a common scene.
While we can easily relate to the paralyzed man, as many of us can point to living illustrations on many of our city's street corners, and for some, understand just how paralyzing the world can be, I think about those who reached out and did the unthinkable. To literally raise the roof so that a man might find healing.
I have to ask, "Who would you trust to do what these folks did to help that man?"
Trust for many of us is the basis of our faith. Trusting in God to find us, sometimes sitting, paralyzed by what we have experienced, and then finding the hands of God reaching down and pick us up, telling us, take up that which has once held you, and be free.
God will never forsake us. Rediscovering our trust in God helps to heal us in all circumstances. I'm so thankful for people who have reinforced that trust, and reminded me that when I have felt completely unable to move beyond a situation, God is still able.
Seeking trust in God helps us when it comes to seeking trust in others.
Stay in God's grip!
G. Todd Williams (c) 2018
Rev. G. Todd Williams lives in the Houston metro area and is a Hospice Chaplain at Essential Hospice, Webster, Texas, and is an ordained Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) pastor.