For about two months I have been living the “Need Talk” every day. For all you Young Life Leaders out there, you will understand this reference. For those of you who have no idea what I am talking about, let me explain. Young Life presents a series of talks to high schoolers every semester. The order of the talks usually go something like this: Introduction to Christianity, characteristics of Jesus, our need for Jesus, our Sin, what Jesus did on the cross, the resurrection and how to live life with our Savior.
The “Need Talk” outlines our need for a Savior. We tell students (and ourselves) that, because of The Fall, we have turned our backs on the Living God of the Universe. But, because we were created to be in a perfect relationship with God, we have this “God shaped hole” in our hearts that needs to be filled. As sinful human beings, we are constantly trying to fill this hole with things that satisfy our soul. For example, I am always looking for the affirmation from my friends and family. I want to get perfect grades and be the best Young Life Leader, in an attempt to feel filled and satisfied. Often times I even find myself turning to the desires of my heat that I know are not glorifying to the Lord. But these things do not last. They ALL rust, spoil or fade. Even the “good” things in life are only a temporary fix for a deeper problem. Its like seeing a million doctors, and only treating the symptoms- when we need to treat the disease. Jesus is the only one who is able to do that, and He did (on the Cross).
And thats is what my life has been like the last few months. I have been passing out, which is kind of comical if you are ever around. But it is also very scary. I have been seeing doctor after doctor, attempting to figure out what the problem is! After seeing a general practitioner, a neurologist and a cardiologist… they still aren’t sure what the real problem is. Unfortunately, I am unable to drive and I have to wear a heart rate monitor for a month. But, through all this I am learning to seek the Lord and His love first and foremost.
I am confident that Jesus has the ability to heal my physical needs. He is, in fact, the Creator of this world. One of my favorite passages in the bible is John 5. The passage tells a story about this giant pool, called Bethesda. It was believed that this pool had the power to heal people with sickness. People from all over the town would gather around the pool and wait for an angel to magically appear and stir the water. When the water was stirred, the first person to make it into the water would be healed. Too bad this wasn’t true. It reminds me of all the things that we run to in our lives that we believe will heal us.
A man who wished to be healed was waiting by the pool. He was paralyzed, unable to walk. Jesus strolls up, and asks the man, “Do you want to get well?” I can only imagine the man’s reaction. OF COURSE he wants to get well! He is paralyzed, aching for a cure. I am experiencing much less pain than this man and I can’t wait for this trial in my life to be over. The man responds to Jesus, telling him that he wants to get well but he can never make it to the pool when the water is stirred.
Jesus, being THE MAN that He is, tells the paraplegic to get up and walk. And believe it or not, HE DOES. The once paralyzed man can now walk. And just like that, Jesus has healed the man’s physical needs. But, what is even greater is that Jesus not only healed the man’s inability to walk, He also healed his soul.
I am even more confident that the Lord is using this time in my life to draw me near to Him. He may not heal my physical needs, but He will heal my soul.
I know the Ultimate Healer, do you?