Get up, pick up your pallet and walk

by Mike Ratliff

Now there is in Jerusalem by the sheep gate a pool, which is called in [a]Hebrew [b]Bethesda, having five porticoes. In these lay a multitude of those who were sick, blind, lame, and withered, [[c]waiting for the moving of the waters; for an angel of the Lord went down at certain seasons into the pool and stirred up the water; whoever then first, after the stirring up of the water, stepped in was made well from whatever disease with which he was afflicted.]A man was there who had been [d]ill for thirty-eight years. When Jesus saw him lying there, and knew that he had already been a long time in that condition, He *said to him, “Do you wish to get well?” The sick man answered Him, “Sir, I have no man to put me into the pool when the water is stirred up, but while I am coming, another steps down before me.” Jesus *said to him, “Get up, pick up your pallet and walk.” Immediately the man became well, and picked up his pallet and began to walk. (John 5:2-9 NASB1995) 

As I write this, I am still a very frustrated Christian. My stroke has caused all sorts of confusion. Since that happened I have also lost access to almost all of my Bible applications. I can no longer connect to CRN to post my articles. My laptop still works, but to this post stroke mind it is a confused mess. I cannot upload photos from my cameras to Lightroom. Lightroom is there, but no one is home. So, these two things are like our enemy is standing in between me and what I need to get done holding briars and thorns and spears and simply will not allow me to find that path I had just a few short weeks ago that I had in place that allowed me to process my photos and post them, write these posts and post them. So, what have I been doing? I have been going to therapy. I have remained faithful in my daily devotionals which includes daily Bible reading. Today my New Testament reading included that passage I placed at the top of this post. The version I read from this morning was from my Lagacy Standard Edition, which I prefer, but that is one of those online Bible packages I have lost contact to. Now do you see the frustration? The other Bible system I lost was Olive Tree which is where my Greek New Testaments are.

In any case, v8 in the passage above from the LSB reads, “‘Jesus said to him, “Get up, pick up your mat and walk.” When I read that this morning, I saw my whole predicament as a faith step. I am being told to not give in to the frustrations and confusions caused by the stroke, but am to “get up, obey the Lord, walk by faith, not by sight, fully trusting Him to make all this work. I shared this with my therapists today and they loved it. A huge part of thier job is to be encouraging regardless.

Yes, prayer is a huge part of this and I know I am not being healed simply by forcing the issue, No, I am being healed because I have this faith that my Lord gave me and I believe Him. I also know there are many of you praying for me to be healed.My therapists all agree that I am making great progress. Please keep praying.

Soli Deo Gloria!

15 thoughts on “Get up, pick up your pallet and walk

  1. I will keep praying for you my brother. I surmise you had web-based Legacy and Olive Tree accounts. Those websites are still active. (I downloaded a free copy of the LSB with Accordance free edition). May it please the Lord to keep healing you.

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  2. Keeping faith in God is itself a great therapy. God always gives us more than we think of. He always has a better plan for us in the future.
    You are motivated and have a great vision.
    I hope for a good time ahead 😊
    God bless you❣

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  3. Dear Mike, I knew I had been missing your posts lately. The blessing of opening my email shortly after 4:30 in the mornings… “What does Mike have to say today? Wow, I hope Mike is okay, he hasn’t posted recently. I know he was retiring…” I was hopeful for another soon. Praise the Lord for this post and update. I am relieved you are writing and I am praying for you now. I am so sorry for what you are enduring at this time. Your name is on my prayer list. Until we meet in eternity. ❤️


  4. Great job Mike, you know how God works and where to go in frustrating situations. This all may have happened just for the testimony you have and will have from it. Praying for a quick recovery so you can keep doing His work!

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  5. Mike good to have you back even if not 100%. Double trouble with all the connectivity issues. Been Thinking and Praying for you. Reading your post made me think of……

    Romans 8:26-28 Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. 27 And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God. 28 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.

    Btw sounds like you need “The Geek Squad of Wheels” to visit! 🤔

    Matthew 4:4 But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.


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  7. Dear Mike,

    Grace and peace in Christ Jesus.

    I will be praying that God will use all the circumstances He allows to mold us into His image. Ultimately, it is for our good and His glory but, the Lord provides His hands and feet to help us along through the body of Christ. I am holding your hand in prayer and I thank you for using your life to encourage the beloved.

    May God richly bless you with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly realms!

    In Christ Alone, Charisse


  8. Thank you brother for sharing what has happened to you as well as your current struggle to redeem some of your past life and the things you enjoyed. “And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.” ‭‭Romans‬ ‭8:28‬ ‭NASB1995‬‬
    My prayers as well as those of many others on your behalf are being heard by our gracious God and Father. He will take you through this valley to accomplish His purposes in you.


  9. I have great therapists. They really help me. They know how to get your brain working again. I leave that place mentally tired, but it really helps. I can tell. I also enjoy sharing my faith with them.

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  10. Dearest Mike, I am so sorry to hear of your stroke, and all of the things that happen with that. Please know that I am keeping you in my thoughts, and prayers. Keep us updated on your progress. It sounds like you have great people taking care of you. You are a blessing to my life!
    Psalm 63:7-8 these are my favorite verses.
    Psalm 63
    The Lord is with you Mike
    Karen Leftwich


  11. Brother, of course I will continue to pray for you, as well as for Ina. I am glad that you are starting to post again, even if it is from Spurgeon’s Morning and Evening. I love them just as I love your personal insights. Just hang in there, and trust our wonderful Lord, and He will see you through this trial. Try not to be disheartened and discouraged, and know that there are many who are praying for you. God bless you brother. You are well loved.

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