Some Kind Of Wonderful

Some Kind Of Wonderful

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. When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralytic, “Son, your sins are forgiven.”  Mark 2:3-5

Do you have friends like this? I sure hope so because if not, we all should lay this request on the alter, and pray to be fortunate enough to get at least one friend as dedicated as these men. But in life if you’re able to have four friends, like this paralytic man, with such zeal and determination by your side it would be simply amazing! I believe it is so important, after one’s Salvation, to surround yourself with positive influences whether it is the church body, Christian friends outside of church, or God fearing family because, when times get tough, as they often do, you have a constant source reminding you of the promises in God’s word. In times when one is being smothered with doubt, fear, and disbelief it is then that we need the body of Christ to rise up and be our appendage and our voice because, in our despair, we can often struggle to pray or have the strength to get out of bed when sorrow grips our very existence.

I love this scripture because not only do we see these men remind their paralytic friend of Jesus, but they also feel compelled to take on the daunting task of getting him there while still on his mat. I can only imagine, traveling this long distance with their best friend on the mat had to be a challenge within itself, but these four friends knew that whatever they had to endure on this journey would be worth it because, they understood and believed in the transforming, regenerative work of Christ, and furthermore what his presence meant while here on earth. Oh yes, we need friends that are committed to fixing their eyes on Jesus the author and finisher of our faith so that when we hit a wall, like these four men did, it was their very faith in our Lord that drove them to keep going; oh yes, active faith that included digging a hole through the roof so that there friend could be close enough to Jesus to get healed. I can’t help but chuckle as I visualize the crowd getting ready to listen to Christ ,and all of a sudden the debris begins falling on their heads as a human body is being lowered down from the roof! Praise the Lord for we can all use friends , and business partners like this, but I think what I have learned most from this scripture is to not look for friends like this, but to actually be a friend like this…

D. C. Lassiter About D. C. Lassiter

D. C. Lassiter is host of the Dovetales radio show and author of Beyond the Face of the Movies, a non-fiction, Christian Living book. You can find D.C. Lassiter on her online blog and on Facebook page.

Comments

  1. Love this so much! A friend and I were just talking about this a few days ago, how nice it is to have a friend who loves the Lord. Friends that can remind us of Jesus’ love fill our souls when they talk with us and just spend time with us.

    [Reply]

  2. Thanks Cherie. I just love the friends that God has blessed me with. There was a time in my life I didn’t know if I would find them, but I did, and all I can do is smile whenever I speak to or hang out with them…they make me feel like I am home.

    [Reply]

  3. Great post! I am currently experiencing the patience, love, and understanding of a dear friend as I process through the recent death of my mom. We have helped each other on our journey with the Lord for several years now and she is a true treasure.

    [Reply]

  4. Patti, I am sorry to hear about your mother. Thank God you have been blessed with a wonderful friend. I will keep you in my prayers

    [Reply]

  5. Wonderful post D.C. and a great reminder. I’d not thought about the scripture in this way before.

    [Reply]

  6. Thank you Penny! God Bless you…

    [Reply]

Speak Your Mind

*