Read: “Some men came, bringing to him a paralytic, carried by four of them. Since they could not get him to Jesus because of the crowd, they made an opening in the roof above Jesus and, after digging through it, lowered the mat the paralyzed man was lying on” (Mark 2:3-4, NIV).
Think About It: The smudges of doubt and discouragement were easy to see. His young life had been one filled to the brim with hopes and hurts, dreams and defeats, and longings and leavings. A heart starved for love, acceptance, and purpose, he was a young man that desperately desired to know that someone noticed, and that someone really cared. In and out of trouble, he was no stranger to conflict. With his home life in shambles and self-esteem on the rocks, the only thing he could wonder is "why me?" Rather than waste away in self-induced isolation, he soon found he was surrounded by friends that believed there was more “fight for purpose” within him than he was able to see for himself. He was embraced. He was encouraged. He was introduced to the reality of Jesus in a way he had only mocked, had never seen, and was not overwhelmed by its reality. He had been adopted into a family, loved by a church that dared to look past his self-protective coping mechanisms, and had discovered the love of Jesus. They were willing to do for him what he wasn’t able to do for himself. They carried him to Jesus.
Going Deeper: There are times when God will use you to be a part of helping someone do what they can’t see is possible at that moment. Some of the greatest enemies to the human soul is doubt and discouragement. When these two hordes of evil partner up, the results can be devastatingly effective. One of the fall-outs from this nuclear explosion of emotions is the belief that “all is hopeless.” “It will never get better than this.” “I will never get out of the mess I’m in.” Perhaps this was the perceived reality of the man who couldn’t walk. His friends had heard about Jesus, this man of mystery who had healed the sick and performed wonders that were unexplainable. “Could he do something for our friend?” They were determined to do for their friend what he couldn’t do for himself. They partnered together, lifted him up, and carried him to where Jesus was. Though close, they were still blocked by the enormous crowd that wouldn’t give way to their need. Their determination for this one they loved overpowered the temptation to give up. They climbed to the top of the house, tore through the roof, and positioned their friend at the feet of Jesus.
Next Step: It is easy to get bogged down in the mundane and the routine of all you have to accomplish. There are even moments when you may be overwhelmed with what you’re facing and feeling all alone. Look around you and see who may be facing a “larger than life” circumstance that has them dazed and confused to the peace and purpose God has for them. As people have been there for you, purpose to be there for others. Let God use you to help do for someone else what they may believe they can’t do for themselves. Surround them. Lift them up in encouragement. Carry them to the feet of Jesus. Be willing to break-through the ceilings of opposition, and see Jesus meet the real need like only He ever could.