‘’Here a great number of disabled people used to lie—the blind, the lame, the paralyzed. One who was there had been an invalid for thirty-eight years. When Jesus saw him lying there and learned that he had been in this condition for a long time, he asked him, “Do you want to get well?” “Sir,” the invalid replied, “I have no one to help me into the pool when the water is stirred. While I am trying to get in, someone else goes down ahead of me.” Then Jesus said to him, “Get up! Pick up your mat and walk.” At once the man was cured; he picked up his mat and walked. The day on which this took place was a Sabbath,…’’
John 5:3, 5-9 NIV
A 38 year old man has lived for 13,870 days. He is a full grown man. Such a man must have had opportunities and challenges in life. The good and bad side, name it. However, if life truly begins at forty, he is yet to 'see' life. Giving up is not an option in life. Challenges bow to he who will stand tall come what may. The man in the story above was not born by the Bethesda pool. He was probably dumped there by relatives who had gotten weary of caring for him or perhaps he asked to be taken to Bethesda - House of mercy with the expectation that when the angel stirred the water, he may be first to get inside and so receive his healing. Seasons came and passed, years rolled by, the sun and moon concluded their ordained courses severally, that expectation was never met.
The day his miracle walked by, it didn’t go to stir the pool, it singled him out and stopped before him. His miracle spoke to him and he obeyed. I always wonder what the other disabled folks did when they saw that this man had been healed. Did they look on in amazement forgetting to scream out to the Master? It could have been a day for mass miracles and miracles galore. Jesus would not have needed to go to the mountain to ‘reinforce’. The hem of His garment alone could have sent all the maladies packing! Oh what great opportunity to empty the pool side of paralyzed men, women, boys and girls. Is your miracle passing you by?
The man obeyed Jesus and picked up his mat that hitherto carried him and walked! He walked away from the place of limitation. He walked away from 38 years of disability. He walked away from the midst of idleness. He walked away from an ugly past. Miracles make one rise above every barrier.
Keep expecting. Keep believing. Don’t back out. Don’t give in. Don't give up. Miracles do happen.