The other night I was playing with my 2 dogs. I was trying to get my little, not so normal, dog Itsy to bring me her toy. She just kept turning in circles, prancing around with her toy. She would stop and look at me, get supper excited and in her excitement return to making her circle but even faster. She could burn a hole in the floor with her circling. It was not that she was being disobedient to my calling her rather she just did not understand what I was asking her to do. After some time I was tired of the play time so I decided to go up stairs to bed. I called both of my dogs names. My normal dog Coco instantly ran up the stairs following me. Itsy just kept turning in circles.
Itsy is not normal. She does not see well and has some intellectual abnormalities. So I walked down the stairs, picked up the little Itsy and carried her up the stairs with me. She was so happy that I picked her up. She was rubbing up against my face to show her affections. I did not have to carry Coco because he was fully capable of walking up the stairs to follow me. Itsy on the other hand needed someone to pick her up and carry her.
I was reminded of the story in the Bible that talks about a disabled man being carried to Jesus. They could not get to Jesus because of the crowd so these group of people lowered the sick man into the room through the roof to get to Jesus. These were some good friends. They went through a lot of trouble to help this disabled man. We to often must serve as this friend carrying the weak, helpless and needy to Jesus. For we are often like my dog Itsy unable to make our way.
“Some men came carrying a paralyzed man on a mat and tried to take him into the house to lay him before Jesus. When they could not find a way to do this because of the crowd, they went up on the roof and lowered him on his mat through the tiles into the middle of the crowd, right in front of Jesus.When Jesus saw their faith, he said, “Friend, your sins are forgiven.”The Pharisees and the teachers of the law began thinking to themselves, “Who is this fellow who speaks blasphemy? Who can forgive sins but God alone?”Jesus knew what they were thinking and asked, “Why are you thinking these things in your hearts? Which is easier: to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Get up and walk’? But I want you to know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins.” So he said to the paralyzed man, “I tell you, get up, take your mat and go home.” Immediately he stood up in front of them, took what he had been lying on and went home praising God.” Luke 5:18-25