(That night, Paul had a dream. A Macedonian stood on the far shore and called across the sea. “Come over to Macedonia and help us!” The dream gave Paul his map…we knew now for sure that God had called us to preach the good news to the Europeans.) Acts 16.9( The Message )
The world of Paul seems far from mine. Today, the television brings the world into my living room. The good news, the bad news and news that isn’t news at all invades my life every day. Paul believed God was sending him to preach in Macedonia. God was calling him.
The planet earth can now be seen from cameras on a satellite revolving through space. Through the lens of a camera carried by a robot, I can watch as the moon is explored.
With a computer, a phone line and a connection to the Internet, I can visit with someone who lives in France or Greece. send them a picture of myself and communicate with them. I will never meet them; but it is possible to maintain a friendship with these persons in far off lands.
One may inhabit an operating room in Australia through a camera fixed in position as a human heart is removed, repaired and replaced in fine condition, into the body of a man who’s name I will never know.
Why would one pay any attention to a dream or a vision when life in the 21st century has so much to offer?
As a child I was warned, “Don’t let your imagination run away with you.” Learn to be sensible and realistic and “keep your feet on the ground”. Could the God of the Bible become a real part of my life?
The Apostle Paul believed that the Holy Spirit could speak to him through Paul’s own affliction, his thorn in the flesh. That was Paul, not me.
Then God’s message began to come to me through the timely witness of a friend, the words of a song, a recommended book, and an inner urge to learn and experience this thing call Christianity.
There were opportunities to serve Him in the church and there were continuing revelations of an elusive “something more”. The God of the universe became personal.
The good news is that He cares for me. He knows my name and all about my life. He knows my deepest and most private thoughts and the unspoken desires of my heart.
In John 5:1-9 (The Message) “While Jesus was visiting Jerusalem for one of the Jewish religious holidays, He came to the Sheep Gate near the Bethesda Pool. It was here where crowds of sick people waited for a miraculous healing by entering the stirring waters of the pool. One of the men by the pool, who had been sick for 38 years, came into Jesus’ view. Jesus asked him, “Would you like to get well?”
What an interesting question for Jesus to ask the man. Hadn’t he been coming to this pool every day in order to be made whole? He had been crippled for 38 years; of course he wanted to be healed.
The man responded that he couldn’t be healed since he had no one to help him into the pool. He believed that it was the fault of his friends who hadn’t helped him, that he had been unable to be healed.
Jesus said to the man, “Stand up, roll up you’re sleeping mat and go home.” Instantly the man was healed. The word of God became personal and real to him.
The moment comes when it’s time to move from where I am to where He wants me to be.
The Holy Spirit speaks to me in my condition while living in my home and my church and my world. The move must be made unassisted.
Are you where He wants you to be? Have you experienced the vision? Is the Holy Spirit using a time in your life to call you to witness for Him?
Have you heard the message from God?
You there, get up, pick up your sleeping mat and step into the stirring, healing waters of life in Jesus Christ.
He’s waiting for you.
It was a time when I felt that God was calling me to share.
I studied and became a lay speaker in our United Methodist Church.
The meaning of the scripture became steadily clear.
I wanted to share my personal walk and invite others to travel with me.
Searching for meaning He showed me The Way.
He really does know me!