4-28-14 Life in the Parkie Lane

The Bubble-Poppers                                                               

The crippled man who had spent 38 years viewing life at kneecap level was now rejoicing!  He had forgotten how it felt to stand fully erect and look down on the dogs instead of nose to nose with them. How quickly he could get from one place to another! Life was great!

"Hey, Buddy, you can't carry you bed on the Sabbath!" Demanded one of the Jewish bubble-poppers.

The freshly healed crippled man stopped and astonishingly asked, "What? Don't you realize who I am?"

"Yeah, we know who you are, but you can't carry your bed.  Walk all you want, but you can't do that." They said, successfully squashing his joy and ignoring the fact he could walk and talk clearly.

"But they guy that healed me, said I could." He said, with befuddlement written on his face.

How often I fail to recognize an opportunity to encourage and rejoice with someone.  Seeing the negative is so easy. The question is whether I want to have a bubble-popping ministry or be a positive helpful person. 

"The Jews therefore said unto him that was cured, It is the sabbath day: it is not lawful for thee to carry thy bed. He answered them, He that made me whole, the same said unto me, Take up thy bed, and walk. Then asked they him, What man is that which said unto thee, Take up thy bed, and walk? And he that was healed wist not who it was: for Jesus had conveyed himself away, a multitude being in that place.
John 5:10-13."

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