After some recent prayer and some strong conviction from the Holy Spirit, I feel like this quote from John 5:1-15 is a question that I, and hopefully all of us here at ELEEO, need to ask ourselves with truth and rigorous honesty. As of late, I feel that many of us have fallen into a funk or a place of contentment in our sin, our recovery, and our progression forward.. Possibly even a sliding back to a place where we are working on our own to get "close" to the healing waters, but not able to get push ourselves into the bath. Yet, it is only through Him, our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, that we can be healed. And to do that, we need to surrender - and commit - to this program, to the work involved, and to the honest truth it entails. I can drastically state that I do want to be well, that I want to overcome this, and that "I" need to be out of the equation. He can do this through me, and through all of you working as His hands and feet. We need to be there for one another, asking the hard questions, stating the truth in love, and holding one another up to a level and expectation that is owed to the Lord. Do you want to get well? Then let's work together. Let's call one another. Let's pray for strength, wisdom and clarity. And let's entrust Jesus to be the center of our lives. All of my prayers, love, and blessings to us all.
“And acceptance is the answer to all my problems today. When I am disturbed, it is because I find some person, place, thing, or situation "some fact of my life" unacceptable to me, and I can find no serenity until I accept that person, place, thing, or situation as being exactly the way it is supposed to be at this moment.”
― Alcoholics Anonymous, Alcoholics Anonymous - Big Book
While we must learn to accept unpleasant things with serenity, this does not preclude feeling angry when we feel treated unfairly by God. During severe suffering, it is unrealistic to be serene. When pain is intense, we have only one desire: to be relieved of the pain. Since God is all powerful and can relieve the pain, we are angry with Him for not doing so. The anger we have at the time of the pain need not be considered sinful, because we can relate to God as He understands us. When the pain is a matter of history, faith should become operative, and serenity will prevail.