Bible Reading: Mark 2
We humbly asked God to remove our shortcomings.
Our personal weaknesses can cripple our lives, leaving us handicapped. Some of us have lived a long time in this condition. We've come to the point of not being able to go to God for help on our own. We may need to rely on the help and the faith of others who don't have the same handicaps we do. They may be able to take us to where we can receive God's healing touch.
Here's a relevant story: While Jesus was preaching at a crowded house, "four men arrived carrying a paralyzed man on a mat. They couldn't bring him to Jesus because of the crowd, so they dug a hole through the roof above his head. Then they lowered the man on his mat, right down in front of Jesus. Seeing their faith, Jesus said to the paralyzed man, ‘My child, your sins are forgiven.' . . . Then Jesus turned to the paralyzed man and said, ‘Stand up, pick up your mat, and go home!' " (Mark 2:3-5, 10-11).
This man faced what seemed like insurmountable obstacles in his hope for recovery. His friends risked embarrassment to carry him to the place where he could receive forgiveness and wholeness. If we are crippled by our addictions and personal "handicaps," the road to healing may be more difficult for us than for others who don't have the same shortcomings. We may have to rely on friends to carry us until we receive the healing that will make us able to move out on our own two feet.
While in recovery we often need the support and help from friends to bring about our healing.