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What if you could get the one thing you want the most?

The other day a friend of mine and I were talking about the story of the Pool of Bethesda from John 5. In this story, Jesus visited a pool in Jerusalem. The pool is surrounded by people who are blind, lame, and paralyzed. They are all hoping that the spring waters will make them well again.


I imagine Jesus walking through the crowds looking for the most needy, those who have been suffering the longest. He sees one man who has been ill for thirty-eight years. He asks him, “Do you want to be made well?”


The man, not knowing who Jesus is, says that he wants to get in the pool but can’t because there is no one to help him get in and the others rush in ahead of him. At once, Jesus says to him, “Stand up, take your mat and walk.” And the man is healed.


I have lots of notes in my Bible about this story, but my friend said something to me that I had never thought of before. She said, isn’t it funny how everyone is sitting around focused on this pool of healing and in their midst walks Jesus, the one with the true power to heal.


We talked a bit about all the things in our lives that are our unreachable pools. Our pool that we feel like if we could just get to it, we would feel so much better. All of our problems would be solved. And we focus on how much we want that one thing and we think about how great our lives would be if we could just get that one thing and we while away so many hours in frustration about all the obstacles getting in our way fr