|Yesterday we examined the question posed by Jesus to the invalid man who for 38 years was at the Pool of Bethesda, “Do you want to get well?” He gave Jesus an excuse why he hadn’t received his healing. I shared that perhaps he thought that if he was well, he wouldn’t be able to hang out with his community of friends anymore even though they were not good for his future. Another possible reason for his hesitation: The Bethesda Pools were beautiful in its heyday, with marble, water, colonnades, and coverings. Since he lived there for 38 years, he probably didn’t have a home or a place to go. The pool was a safe place.
Oftentimes, we don’t reach our goals or make progress in life because we cling to safety. Maybe you know a guy in his early 30s who wants a great job, a marriage, and a family, but he lives in his parents’ basement. Perhaps you know a couple of great entrepreneurs who know they can launch their ideas and pursue their dreams, but they’re in a really stable job. Others love the safety net of a well-paying job even though they hate the job itself.
Friend, sometimes the nice place and the safety of it all keep you from becoming who you’re really called to be. Despite your belief that things like friends, safety, and handouts are good for you, they can actually keep you stuck in a rut. They can prevent you from growing and becoming the person you are meant to be. Allow the Holy Spirit to lead and guide you as you move from safe spaces into God’s greater vision for your life!