Tuesday, March 22, 2011
So he came again to Cana in Galilee, where he had made the water wine. And at Capernaum there was an official whose son was ill. When this man heard that Jesus had come from Judea to Galilee, he went to him and asked him to come down and heal his son, for he was at the point of death. So Jesus said to him, “Unless you see signs and wonders you will not believe.” The official said to him, “Sir, come down before my child dies.” Jesus said to him, “Go; your son will live.” The man believed the word that Jesus spoke to him and went on his way. As he was going down, his servants met him and told him that his son was recovering. So he asked them the hour when he began to get better, and they said to him, “Yesterday at the seventh hour the fever left him.” The father knew that was the hour when Jesus had said to him, “Your son will live.” And he himself believed, and all his household. This was now the second sign that Jesus did when he had come from Judea to Galilee. John 4:46-54
Sometimes the hardest thing to do is to just go. We hang on to so much and can get bogged down with the sorting and the letting go during transitions. Sometimes the first step in faith is the hardest. We often keep looking back to the solid ground we knew. We keep hoping for a reprieve or more information to comfort us on our journey. Getting out the door is a tough challenge. And yet it is the step out, the step forward, the small leap, the pedal to the metal - all these let us move on and find God where God has been waiting for so long.
A man comes to Jesus asking for help for a sick child. The child has been sick so long. The Dad is in despair. When Jesus grants his request, the father is dumbfounded and stuck. He;s used to his son being sick, and not really prepared for his son to be well. He has to take the first step on the road home. Each step there after is easier. As he approaches home, they tell him his son is indeed well. And that it happened when he stepped off the anxiety curb and headed home. When he just went, when he took that big, first, awkward step - it was then that everything changed. Health replaced worry, hope replaced doom and dread.
Today, I ask God to help me take steps out in faith. May I be strong enough to take the initial step on the road to where God is waiting. May we all know that the resolution has been accomplished and that God is waiting for us to join the celebration.