The Stirring Of The Pool

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In HIS Presence

The Stirring Of The Pool

Read: John 5:1-8

Meditation verse:“For an angel went down at a certain time into the pool and stirred up the water; then whoever stepped in first, after the stirring of the water, was made well of whatever disease he had” (John 5:4).

Your heart is a pool of ideas and dreams. There are visions that need to be birthed, businesses that need to be created, books that need to be written as well as souls that need to be saved. Every now and then, the Holy Spirit will cause a stirring within you which could be in the form of an uneasy feeling, a restlessness that you cannot explain, a strong impulse or a deep desire and longing for or towards a particular direction. It may be to begin a project, speak to someone, start a business or go somewhere. What you do after the stirring is really important. An activity on your part must immediately follow the stirring for you to accomplish whatever it is that God designed the stirring for.

“Now there is in Jerusalem by the Sheep Gate a pool, which is called in Hebrew, Bethesda, having five porches. In these lay a great multitude of sick people, blind, lame, paralyzed, waiting for the moving of the water. For an angel went down at a certain time into the pool and stirred up the water; then whoever stepped in first, after the stirring of the water, was made well of whatever disease he had” (John 5:2-4). There had to be an activity immediately after the stirring of the pool for the miracle of healing to take place. Someone had to quickly jump into the water. The emphasis was on the immediacy of the action. The Holy Spirit is a gentle spirit who will not force His will on us. When he stirs our hearts and we fail to respond, He leaves us alone and the loss is always ours, not His.

I recall with regret certain instances where God had tugged my heart to commence certain projects and I had hesitated out of fear, doubt or lack of faith in the success of it. I am the wiser now as I have learnt to take action immediately after any stirring. Towards what do you feel God’s pull this day? Why not be the first to jump into the pool. And as you do, may you receive wholeness in that area of your life where you need it most.

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