The rumors had been flying around town about the man that healed. Everyone wanted to see, to hear for themselves. Now, the man had traveled to their town. A house was overflowing with people. No one else could get in. If you look closely down the street you will see a group of friends, desperate to see this man who heals. The friends were carrying one of their buddies on a mat. A paralyzed man, whom the Bible doesn’t tell us much about. However, we know the friends were determined. Somehow they worked their way through the crowds to the house, but they couldn’t get in. Then one of them came up with a plan. I can imagine the angry shouts of others inside when the debris began falling from the ceiling. The people inside must have been upset that their time with the healer was being interrupted. But Jesus wasn’t upset, nor was he surprised.
The friends wanted their friend to walk again. They had their friend’s best interest in mind. They had dreamed big for their friend. Yet, as Lisa Harper points out in her Bible Study The Gospel of Mark, Jesus had a bigger goal for the paralyzed man. Jesus wanted to heal the man from the inside out.
My prayers are small. I pray for God to work but I pray knowing that I’m going to do the best I can to help him. Like the friends cutting the hole in the roof, I present my requests to God. After all the effort, I’m exhausted. I have my request neatly wrapped up, knowing exactly what I want God to do, and exactly what I can do myself. Fortunately, as Isaiah 55:8-9 (NIV) points out, “‘For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways, my ways,’ declares the LORD. As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.”
I think I can aid God in his plans. I think I know what is best for me, but God’s plans are bigger. I want to walk. He wants to heal me from the inside out.