Do You Want to be Healed?

Do you want to be healed? Sounds like a no-brainer, right? Why else would healthcare be a multi-billion dollar industry? No one actually likes being sick. Everyone wants to be healed…don’t they?

It occurred to me this week that a seemingly simple question, may be more complex than we first think This question appears in John 5:6 when a man “who had been in this condition” (though the condition is unclear, we know from the context he is disabled) from 38 years. He is lying next to a cleansing pool, and there is no indication for how  long he might have been lying there, but when Jesus asks: “Do you want to be made well?” the man doesn’t answer with a simple and evident “Yes!” Instead, he mutters an excuse of all things.

And it made me think, how often I do the same thing. I’m offered the opportunity for healing, enlightenment, encouragement or even just to be made whole…and instead of embracing the opportunity with a wholehearted “YES PLEASE!” I shrink back into myself and mutter, “Well, you see, Jesus, I’d like to receive this blessing but…”

  • I don’t have time.
  • I’m not ready for that.
  • I don’t know where I’d find the money.
  • I’m not sure I’m the right person.
  • I am too tired.
  • I’m scared.

And why do we mutter these excuses? Because despite the fact that we’re broken and stuck—we’re comfortable. The disabled man had grown accustomed to his ailment—he’d lived with it for 38 years. I mean, sure it was inconvenient, but he was comfortable with the inconvenience. People probably helped him live day to day life (how else did he get to the pool? Sure he had no one to help him get all the way into the pool…he says, but it sounds more like a convenient excuse than an actual problem), so he felt secure in knowing this was he lot in life.

In a lot of ways we are just as stuck—we’re right on the brink of where God can bring healing into our lives. Maybe it’s a physical healing, but even more so, an emotional, spiritual healing and instead of taking that final step we stop and find an excuse. All so that we can stay…

Comfortable.

But what if we’re not meant to be comfortable? What if life is about more than being comfortable?

The man had come to “get into the pool where the water is stirred.” But that’s not what Jesus has him do. Instead he tells him to “Get up!”

Our lives are meant to be lived in action. “Get up!” It’s a command to live. To experience, to be that which God intended. It may not be comfortable. You may have to do some walking—some moving, some shaking, some stirring. But it will be real, and that’s where the true healing comes from.


Ashley Carmichael is the author of Valerie’s Vow a Christian Romance which can be purchased at Indigo Sea Press or Amazon. Follow Ashley on twitter @amcarmichael13 and Facebook.

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13 responses to “Do You Want to be Healed?

  1. How true. It always seemed such an odd question, but if healing involves change I do wonder how we’ll reply.

  2. The word “comfortable” often denotes “fear” to me. Jesus has asked us to fear not. To just believe. “Believe” is a word of action. To believe is to have faith. “Faith” is also an action word. So to me, we have a responsibility in our healing to take measures necessary to achieve it, not to expect God to do all the work, when in actuality, He already has. 🙂

  3. Great blog, Ashley. It is so sad when we stay in a negative, bad-for-us rut just because it’s the norm, and what’s most comfortable. Here’s to the courage to accept the healing God wants for us and has so graciously provided.

  4. Right on, sista! My motto is LIVE LIFE LIKE YOU MEAN IT. Some people get stuck because they’re afraid of what’s next. I could have been one of these people, but I took that first risk and have been risking it all ever since. Like I said…Live Life Like You Mean It! No excuses allowed!

  5. That really resonated with me. I will keep on keeping on until I get my healing.

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