[new life… and then what?]
One day at three o’clock in the afternoon, Peter and John were on their way into the Temple for prayer meeting. At the same time there was a man crippled from birth being carried up. Every day he was set down at the Temple gate, the one named Beautiful, to beg from those going into the Temple. When he saw Peter and John about to enter the Temple, he asked for a handout. Peter, with John at his side, looked him straight in the eye and said, “Look here.” He looked up, expecting to get something from them.
Peter said, “I don’t have a nickel to my name, but what I do have, I give you: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, walk!” He grabbed him by the right hand and pulled him up. In an instant his feet and ankles became firm. He jumped to his feet and walked.
The man went into the Temple with them, walking back and forth, dancing and praising God. Everybody there saw him walking around and praising God.
Acts 3:1-10, MSG
The morning sermon yesterday was based on this passage from Acts and I couldn’t help but smile wryly because God knew exactly what I needed to hear.
The thought that my pastor brought to mind was not a standard one you’d expect to hear in a sermon about this healing.
The man was healed, everything was great… But the question my pastor asked was, WHAT’S NEXT? The man had a whole new life in front of him – and now it was his decision what he would do with that new life.
This crippled beggar had to learn how to work, how to live by himself, how to tend for himself. All his life, he was carried out by someone else to the Temple Gate, and begged… But now, he no longer had that option – who would give money to a healthy man?
When you ask God for something small, prepare yourself that He might give you a whole lot more. And when you ask Him for what you want, He might give you what you need.
My life is in a turmoil right now. There are lots of things that are changing (and it’s not work-related… that would’ve been easier a bit) and… and I feel just like that beggar who suddenly got a whole new life in front of him and he isn’t sure what to do with it.
It feels really really weird. I got what I wanted… but when I got it, I realized that I didn’t really want it.
I know that what has happened will be used by God sometime later, but right now I am confused.
Thankfully, God knows where this is all going.