Sunday, May 22, 2016
What's your DIY project?
Some men came carrying a paralyzed man on a sleeping mat. They tried to take him inside to Jesus, but they couldn’t reach him because of the crowd. So they went up to the roof and took off some tiles. Then they lowered the sick man on his mat down into the crowd, right in front of Jesus. Seeing their faith, Jesus said to the man, “Young man, your sins are forgiven.” Luke 5:18-20 New Living Translation
Before I headed into my office last night to write this blog, I asked the hubby what I should blog about. He is a very creative man, in his own sometimes warped way, and makes up poems off the top of his head. (Our family classic would be the famous, “Peas porridge hot, peas porridge cold, peas porridge in the microwave 20 minutes old”, on the night that we ate our entire dinner while the peas waited patiently in the microwave.)
We had been watching a DIY program where these two house-flippers needed to raise the whole house nine feet to comply with flood codes. It looked like a lot of work and I thought the house should just be torn down and they should start from scratch.
Speaking of starting from scratch, about that time, Hubby chimes in with, “write about lifting a house. Write your blog about raising a house in the air.”
The passage above is the first one that I thought of. Maybe they didn’t raise the whole house to get that paralyzed man in to see Jesus, but they did raise the roof.
When Jesus walked this earth as a man, sometimes people had to go to such extremes to see Him or be touched by Him. Once Jesus died on the cross and was raised again, that all changed. Jesus is with us every day everywhere we go. We don’t have to raise the roof or crawl under the house or do anything spectacular to be with Him. We only have to believe and ask Him into our lives and our hearts. It’s a pretty easy DIY project, especially because you aren't doing it by yourself. God's the best contractor there is.
Thank you God for sending Your one and only Son to this earth to save us all. Amen