“Trust God from the bottom of your heart; don’t try to figure out everything on your own. Listen for God’s voice in everything you do, everywhere you go; He’s the one who will keep you on track. Don’t assume that you know it all. Run to God! Run from evil! Your body will glow with health, your very bones will vibrate with life!” Proverbs 3:5-8 (MSG)
Like the paralytic that Jesus healed at the Pool of Bethesda, imagine yourself sitting by the edge of the pool and looking for assistance, for healing, for an escape from your circumstances. Then, Jesus does something you never thought or even imagined He’d do. This Bethesda pool and the healing waters must have seemed like a cruel game to him. It must have felt like torture to be lying right next to the pool year in and year out, yet remaining paralyzed and unchanged. No one was there to pick him up and place him in the pool. If only … just one time … this could happen.
Would Jesus help him into the pool? Instead, Jesus asked him, “Would you like to get well?” The paralytic man said to Him, “I can’t, sir, for I have no one to put me into the pool when the water bubbles up. Someone else always get there ahead of me.”
His words suggest both hopelessness and hope. His voice descends into the depths of self-pity and, then, rises in anticipation of what this Jesus might do for him, as if to say, “Have pity on me, Sir, please. Maybe You’re the One who can help me get into the water.”
Clearly, he saw his deliverance and healing in the waters of the Bethesda pool. Instead, Jesus, the Son of God, surprises him with an extraordinary command, “Stand up, pick up your mat, and walk!” No healing pool needed. No magic. No troubled waters. No angels. Jesus was saying to the paralytic, “Don’t look over there at the pool. That won’t save you. The miracle is over here. I am the miracle you need most.”
And, perhaps, that’s what Jesus is saying to you and me today: “You think you need that kind of a miracle, but I have something else for you. You think you need this change or solution in your life, but I have a better idea. You think that will transform your life. But, actually, I will.”
So often, we’re looking for the wrong miracle. We’re looking at the pool of troubled waters when we have the Source of living water – Jesus Himself! Quit settling for less. He’s the miracle we need most but, too often, least expect. Let God surprise you with the miracle you least expect!