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Responding to Jesus
Saturday, April 2, 2005
That's certainly not the way this story goes. Those in the know said no, those who led wouldn't follow, the strong chose not to admit their weakness. So God, their maker, stopped outside the synagogue and wept.
I'm so tempted to pursue this "if only" train of thought. But I remember just in time that it's not for my simple human mind to know how things could have been different. I move on from where things are, not where they coulda-shoulda been.
When Peter spoke the word this man's limbs grew from withered sticks to strong, leaping, running legs. He didn't think to say "No!" when Peter told him to stand up. He didn't analyze their request; he obeyed it. In this instant of childlike faith he received God's gift and a testimony which he proceeded to share with joyful abandon everywhere he went.
More than once Peter jumped into the water to get to Jesus. Now as he began the ministry of giving away what he'd been given, Peter told the crippled man to walk and he did. Both of them followed their hearts into the kingdom of God.
As Jesus said to his disciples, I hear him say to me, "Go ye and do likewise."
Ground my questions in humility, Lord. I want to follow you first and think later.