One night while tucking my daughter into bed, I reminded her that tomorrow morning she must clean up her room and put all her toys away. She asked me if I would clean it up for her. I said yes but only if she helps. Then she sweetly replied, "Mommy, I'm going to pray to God to put them away for me so when I wake up the mess will be clean." I giggled and thought how cute and said, "Well, I'm sorry honey, but God doesn't clean up our messes." Funny thing, as soon as I verbalized that statement clarity came rushing into my mind.
I've learned that God doesn't clean up our messes just because we ask in faith. Frankly, I am the person to blame for the messes I've made in my life that have lent to some or even most of my so-called aliments. I can't just expect God to clean that up if I'm not willing to do some work. Remember the story in John 5 about the invalid who lied on his mat for thirty-eight years at the pool of Bethesda waiting for the waters to be stirred up for healing only to have someone else beat him into the pool time and time again. He complained to Jesus that he had no one to help him into the water. Interesting that Jesus asks him a simple question, "Do you want to get well?" John 5:6
I realized that I have been lying here on my "mat" waiting for God to carry me into the water instead of putting my faith into action and allowing God to do the rest. Are you like me, still lying here on this "mat" praying to be taken into the water? Well your faced with the same simple question, "Do you want to get well?" It's a simple yes or no. "Do you want to get well?" "Do you want to get well?" "YES?" Then pick up your mat and walk (John 5:8)- put your faith into action and make it happen. "NO?" Then lie there waiting for someone to pick you up and throw you into the water.
"Dear Lord, please forgive me for lying around waiting for you to clean up my mess. Let me get to the point where I can answer the question "Do you want to get well with a resounding Yes!" Let me put my faith into action and pick up my mat. And dear Father, help my sisters in Christ find the strength, courage and faith in action to pick up their mats along with me. In Jesus precious name I pray." AMEN!