Rip the Roof for a Blessing

Ericka Loynes

Read: Mark 2:1-12

And when they could not get near him because of the crowd, they removed the roof above him. (v. 4)

At age 17, Joni Eareckson Tada was faced with the reality that she would never use her hands and feet again. A diving accident left her paralyzed from the shoulders down. If it had not been for a group of godly friends who shared God’s love and his Word with her, she may have stayed fixated on what she lost. Today, Joni is a well-known speaker, author, painter, and disability rights activist. She inspires people all over the world and provides programs for those with disabilities to meet their specific needs.

In the Gospels of Mark and Luke, we find four men determined to help their paralytic friend. They carry him to Jesus’ home now in Capernaum for Jesus to heal him, but crowds of people have packed the house. The men can’t get past the door. They know their friend’s blessing is inside the house with Jesus, so they focus on finding a way in. Before long, they lower their friend through the roof. Jesus, seeing their faith, heals their friend.

What will we do to see Jesus? Will we let obstacles deter us from what we need, or will we let them drive us to another way? Jesus has what we need. Sometimes we can fight our way through the crowd, and sometimes we must remove the barriers that keep us from our blessings. —Ericka Loynes

Prayer: God, give us the fortitude to carry our burdens to you and reach out for your blessings.