Do you want to be well? When you go to the doctors this isn’t usually the first question asked. You might be asked “what are your symptoms” or “how can they help you” but not “do you want to be well?” They make the assumption that by entering the doctors office that they want to be made well but that isn’t always the case. For some they would just like the symptoms fixing; they may be in denial that it is actually their weight or the fact they smoke that is making them unwell, instead they want a symptom fix. For others it is more that they just want to be able to put a name to their illness or the cause of their symptoms. They might already have an idea of what it is, know there is no cure but just need the confirmation from the doctor. Then finally there are people in self denial that they are sick. They may have been forced to the doctors, not really interested in what the doctor has to say but just interested in getting the loved one off their back. Do you fit into any of these categories?
Sometimes to be well we need to take up and do the deeper changes to our wellbeing. It can be difficult to face the challenges that come with this as well as face up to what is really wrong. Sometimes we need the community carry us. The Church community is a great place to start the deeper conversations and truly getting to know one another. Do you really know what is going on with Mrs Jones or are you ignoring the difficult challenges that Mr Frank is facing? If you did would you stand up and help to make them well? Facing them together maybe we can help each other discover the truth behind the mask of what is the real reason forums being unwell.
As infants we do not hide our emotions, we wear them on our sleeves. When we angry we would scream, when hurt we would cry and when happy we show the world around us. Would it not be great if we could not be more like that in our own communities. The only way this will come about though is if we foster the environment. Be honest and open; allowing our communities to raise us up.
Jesus calls us to answer whether we want to be well, showing us that we have the power to make the changes. But he also calls our communities to support us during this time. I leave this day reflecting on these two passages and in particular these two verses:
“When Jesus saw him lying there and knew that he had been there a long time, he said to him,’Do you want to be made well?'” (John 5:2-9).
“When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralytic, “Son, your sins are forgiven”” (Mark 2:1-12).