Another thought from Mark 2 about being a mat carrier for your ill child.
1) A few days later, when Jesus again entered Capernaum, the people heard that he had come home. 2) So many gathered that there was no room left, not even outside the door, and he preached the word to them. 3) Some men came, bringing to him a paralytic, carried by four of them. 4) Since they could not get him to Jesus because of the crowd, they made an opening in the roof above Jesus and, after digging through it, lowered the mat the paralyzed man was lying on. 5) When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralytic, “Son, your sins are forgiven.” (Mark 2: 1-5)
Verse 4 makes clear that when you are trying to get help for someone, there are obstacles. The obstacle in this scenario is the crowd. They can’t get their friend to Jesus because there are too many people in the way.
So what do they do? Give up? Nope. Nothing will deter them from reaching their goal of getting their friend to Jesus. So, they take drastic measures and climb to the roof. They dig through the roof above where Jesus is standing.
Now I don’t know how thick the roofs were back then, but my guess is it was not a small task. They would have to have had the right tools and lots of determination. I would think there would also be a risk of people who weren’t happy about their task. This did not deter them either.
They got the hole in the roof and then had to lower him down to Jesus on this mat. This could not have been easy either. I’m sure he was somewhat heavy and they had to lower him safely and evenly so as not to drop him off either side of the mat.
I don’t think all of this was easy to accomplish. It took commitment, love, faith, hope and determination to get this man to Jesus so he could be healed. They had no guarantee that going to all this trouble was going to result in this man’s healing.
I know you can see the parallel here. To be a mat carrier for your child; you will need some of the same qualities. You will need to be as determined, focused, committed and hopeful as they were…if not more.
You have to have faith and hope when your child has none or her faith is weak and discouraged. You carry her mat and you carry the light of Christ though prayer and modeling these characteristics and beliefs no matter what happens.
Yes, you will need God’s help to do this. We cannot face serious illness or hardship alone. At least I know I can’t. “In Him we live, and move and have our being” (Acts 17: 28).
What character traits do you already possess that you need to use to get your child the help she needs?
What are the character qualities God is developing in you that are going to help you carry your child on her mat to healing?
- Pray that God will show you what character traits you need strengthened and that He will develop these in you.
- Pray that He will give you everything you need to be the parent your child needs right now.
- This is new territory…you have to parent in ways you have never had to parent before.
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