I’m interrupting our Holiday Wellness Plan for a very special guest post from my pastor, mentor, and friend, Rev. Kenton Wendorf. He embodies my approach to wellness: we can be well, whatever our circumstance. His inspiring faithful walk through a difficult situation has inspired me and many others. I’m thrilled to share his wise wellness observations that fit right in with our wellness plan.
This song title has a profound message as we think of health and healing. In John 5 we observe a man at the pool of Bethesda, a pool with healing properties. We can learn much by observing what happened. An angel was believed to stir the waters of the pool each day and the first one in the pool would be healed. We can just imagine the many waiting to jump in! One man, paralyzed for 38 years, was at the pool.
The obstacles to his healing were huge. Everyone was waiting to be healed. What were the chances his paralyzed legs would allow him to jump in the water in time? Nonetheless, he was there! He did not give up doing what he could do. He did not lose hope. And because he was there and had hope, his healing was about to arrive, though not from the pool.
I have a voice issue that makes talking extremely difficult and it is often impossible for others to understand me. Nothing has worked thus far to help and my specialist is frustrated with my lack of progress. Your situation may be better or worse, but my observation based on this story is to keep on trying! Do not give up. The man at the pool did not give up for all those years and neither should we.
Back at the pool, a man walked up and asked if the paralyzed man wished to be healed.
When Jesus saw him and knew he had been ill for a long time, he asked him, “Would you like to get well?” ~John 5:6 NLT
Then this man told him to get up and walk! What? Just get up? Why not give it a try? He got up and walked.
Many things in life happen when we least expect it. Notice he was not looking for this man. In fact, he did not know until later it was Jesus who healed him.
What a lesson. This miracle was not dependent on what the paralyzed man did, how faithful he was, or even on the basis of a pleading request. His healing took place solely based on the mercy of God.
Sometimes we are told we have to do more…pray more…trust more…hope more…but at the end of the day this story reminds me that it is not up to us, but HIM. So as you and I battle situations in life, we struggle but are not without hope. For our hope is in Jesus!
My prayer for the healing of my voice continues. This is my daily prayer. I want to jump into the pool! But even if the healing never comes, my hope is in the Man who comes to us with His love, His forgiveness, His peace, and one day His healing.
Rev. Kenton Wendorf is a retired pastor living in Grafton, Wisconsin. He is married to his wife Janice for 39 years and has 10 grandchildren. Before retiring, he served as Senior Pastor at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Grafton, WI.