Thoughts on life from Pat Oaks
The story of the lame man at the pool of Bethesda in John 5 has weighed heavy on my heart lately. The Lord asked him a very strange question...."Do you want to be made well?" I can hear someone say, "well, DUH! He has been lying there for over 30 years....why wouldn't he want to be made well?"
That's a question I want to ask a lot of people. I want to ask myself. I see so many people with so many seemingly unfixable problems today. In my mind I start making a list of what would be good for them to do to fix those problems. Then, all of a sudden, that phrase pops into my head. DO YOU WANT TO BE MADE WELL?
I am not a psychologist, but my good friend Greg down in Atlanta is. He has studied the psyche of people for years. He has his PhD in that field. I certainly do not have the degree, but I have a life degree, and he and I rarely disagree on what would or would not work to make someone "well".
Are you dealing with something today that looks as if it cannot be made better? Maybe it's an addiction. Maybe it's a relationship. Maybe it's just the demons in your own mind. The question I would ask you is, "do you want to be made well?" If your answer is yes, I can point you to the One (the only One) who can heal you.
If your answer is no, then you will just have to keep lying beside the pool for another 30 plus years.