Getting UnstuckPosted Feb 22,2013 / 4 Comments »
Questions have power that we don’t begin to see. Think of how your day can go from bright to cloudy when someone simply asks the wrong kind of question, such as, “Do you really like that color?” It seems like a simple enough inquiry but it is loaded with judgment. Such a question can fill you with self-doubt and you can be plagued with a shaky, “What’s wrong with this color?” Questions often lead to more questions and that can’t help but cause us to think.
Jesus used questions to challenge and convict as He went about his earthly ministry.
“And who of you by being worried can add a single hour to his life?” Matt. 6:27
“Why are you afraid, you men of little faith?” Matt. 8:26
“What do you want me to do for you?” Matt. 20:32
“If I tell you about earthly things and you will not believe, how will you believe when I tell you of heavenly things?” John 3:12
And then there was the question He asked the lame man sitting by the pool of Bethesda, “Do you wish to get well?” (John 5:5-6) He had been sick for thirty-eight years. With the question from Jesus, the man had a choice. He could get well or stay sick. That was where Jesus left it with his question. The answer was totally up to the man. Jesus didn’t ask him, “How did you get here?” He didn’t ask, “Why haven’t you worked on getting better?” He just said, “Do you wish to get well?” and at that point, the two of them entered a relationship that was challenging and a little uncomfortable but totally for the sick man’s good.
The Scriptures tell us “Immediately the man became well, and picked up his pallet and began to walk.” (John 5:9) The man was healed but what if he had not followed through? He never would have known it! He wouldn’t have tried something so unfamiliar and so seemingly impossible—walking!
What are you waiting for? It doesn’t matter why you are in your place of ‘stuckness’. What matters is your willingness to take your first step away from that place. It begins with answering some question. Do you want to get unstuck? Are you willing to take the first step away from this place? What would it look like if you weren’t stuck here? Are you courageous enough to move on?
Think about it.
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Quotes I Like
“Life passes like a flash of lightning, whose blaze barely lasts long enough to see. While the earth and the sky stand still forever, how swiftly changing time flies across man’s face. Oh you who sit over your full cup and do not drink…tell me for whom are you still waiting?” - Hermann Hesse
“What might have been does not exist, so don’t even go there.” Jan Silvious
“Those who hear not the music think the dancers mad.” Anonymous
“When life hands you a lemon, say, “O, yeah, I like lemons. What else you got?” Henry Rollins
“Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another: "What! You too? I thought I was the only one.” C.S. Lewis