My father’s signature cologne was “Old Spice”. It had a clean spicy smell that I’m sure attracted those interested in a clean spicy smell. I am afraid of the smell that I was wearing today! It was not a trendy smell or an expensive smell and to be honest, I don’t want it to be the fragrance associated with my name. Icy Hot ointment attracts neither the cool nor the hot. I have to wear it because for the last month, my knees have been incredibly painful due to arthritis.
My mother had arthritis in her knees and I have taken on her walk when my arthritis is bad. Through a change in my medication, I am no longer able to use Aleve, which was effective for my arthritis. I had to stop using Aleve when I began take Xarelto (blood thinner). So I have had to resort to old school smelly medicines.
This morning, I was hurting while at church. Sister Marilyn asked me how I was. Instead of the usual response of “I’m fine.” I told the truth and told her I felt like I wanted to cut my knees out and leave them by the side of the road. She said she would pray for me. During the afternoon, I stayed in my recliner with a heating pad and a therapeutic nap. When I awoke, my knees were much better. I believe they were better because of the prayers of many.
As I thought of the day, I recalled the passage of John chapter 5, which tells of Jesus healing a man at the pool of Bethesda. Here are the verses:
2 Now there is in Jerusalem by the sheep gate a pool, which is called in Hebrew Bethesda, having five porticoes. 3 In these lay a multitude of those who were sick, blind, lame, and withered, [waiting for the moving of the waters; 4 for an angel of the Lord went down at certain seasons into the pool and stirred up the water; whoever then first, after the stirring up of the water, stepped in was made well from whatever disease with which he was afflicted.] 5 A man was there who had been ill for thirty-eight years. 6 When Jesus saw him lying there, and knew that he had already been a long time in that condition, He said to him, “Do you wish to get well?” 7 The sick man answered Him, “Sir, I have no man to put me into the pool when the water is stirred up, but while I am coming, another steps down before me.”8 Jesus said to him, “Get up, pick up your pallet and walk.” 9 Immediately the man became well, and picked up his pallet and began to walk. John 5:2-9 NASB
I wondered if any of the lame had arthritis? I wondered if the man grew weary with the pain, day after day? He had been ill for thirty-eight years. I’m sure he would have loved to have some Icy Hot.
But Jesus came to the pool that day and things changed! When Jesus is present, the norm always changes. Jesus asked him a question that must have seem obvious, “Do you wish to get well?” To paraphrase the man’s answer, “Well sure! But you don’t seem to know how things work here!”
We sometimes think that Jesus doesn’t know how things work in our life. But He does. The man’s answer was not in the waters of Bethesda, but trusting in Jesus. I asked myself, “How much faith do I have in Jesus taking care of my situation?” Does it honor God for me have arthritis without complaining but instead to be thankful for what I do have. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t enjoy the pain, but I can make it, because I know the Lord is with me! I am to give thanks in all things.
What is your situation? It may be different than mine or the man at the pool. Is it time for you to trust in Jesus? Are you ready to hear Him say,“Get up, pick up your pallet and walk.”?
Think about it.