Recently, I was reading a book I had read before several times. One line from the Preface jumped off the page at me. The book is Three Simple Rules, by Rueben Job. The line was, “We live in such a fast-paced, frenzied, and complex world that it is easy to believe we are all trapped into being someone we do not wish to be and living a life we do not desire to live.”
It is not that I don’t believe Bishop Job, (I am reading his Guide To Prayer devotional book every morning,) but really, do people feel trapped? So I asked a group of folk that I meet with in a discipleship setting, “Do you think people feel trapped in their life?” The overwhelming response was “Yes.” I then asked, “How many people do you believe feel that way?” They thought more feel trapped than those who don’t.
Wow, I was amazed. Could it be true that most people feel like they are trapped in their present circumstances without any hope of change? Then I began to listen to the conversations going on all around me. What I heard was person after person relating a sense of frustration even to the point of experiencing depression because of this feeling of being trapped. They may not have used the same words, but many of the stories I heard expressed the same feeling, trapped.
I was reminded of a story in the gospel of John, chapter five. The story is about a man who had been paralyzed for thirty-eight years. Jesus found him beside the Pool of Bethesda waiting for the waters to be stirred by a miracle. Jesus approached the man and asked a very interesting question, “Do you want to get well?” The response from the paralyzed man was to list all of the reasons why he was in the condition he was in. By his answers I would say the man felt trapped.
Jesus wasn’t interested in excuses, He only wanted to know the answer to one question, “Do you want to get well?”
There is something very powerful here that I think we need to pay attention to. Maybe today you are feeling trapped, trapped by your marriage, your job, or your financial situation, or even your health. Jesus offers us a way to be made well. The change that comes may not be the removal of your “problem” (excuse of the lame man), maybe the change that comes will be that we are changed because of what Jesus will do in us.
Jesus comes to bring hope and transformation to a world feeling trapped and hopeless. What do you say, “Do you want to get well?”