“Do you want to be well again?”
I am there. Totally disgusted at the smells, the noises, the general atmosphere, I wanted to walk away. Just then I heard Jesus ask one of the sick: “Do you want to be well again?” That was obvious but the sick man didn’t answer “Yes” or “No” or “Not yet.”. His reply was the complaint that he had had no one to put him in the pool at the appropriate time. To which Jesus simply told him to pick up his sleeping mat and walk! Just like that, he was healed. He walked away with not another complaint on his lips.
Later, I was at the temple where Jesus met the healed man and cautioned him not to sin anymore or a worse thing may happen to him. Hmmm…
Speaking to me, Lord? I want healing, but…is it blocked because of my own complaint/s, my sins? I pondered the times when I prayed for healing and didn’t get what I wanted but now in retrospect, I did receive the grace to count my blessings. No complaints!