Spiritual Non-Fiction posted December 24, 2021

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Arise, pick up your bed, and go home

Pick Up Your Bed

by Kit Nongkhlaw

"Just pick up the pieces..." reminds me of the words Jesus said to the paralyzed man, "Arise, take up your bed, and go to your house."

Mark and Luke told us that four men brought their paralytic friend to the house where Jesus was teaching. When they could not get in, they climbed to the roof, and from there lowered the paralytic to where Jesus was.

Both sentences, "Just pick up the pieces..." and, "Arise, take up your bed, and go to your house," reminds me of the conditions I was in before. I was broken into pieces, but I did not have the power or the will to pick up those pieces. I was condemned to the position that broken pieces, like shattered glasses, can never be mended.

Then, miraculously, lying paralyzed in my bed, I was brought in front of the Lord. Amazingly, the Lord commanded and said, "Arise, take up your bed, and go to your house." How can I do this when I was paralyzed with several ailments?

When I heard the word, Arise, I was amazed. I had lost the willpower to stand up to the truth. However, I felt the power of the Holy Spirit, which flows through the paralyzed and weak muscles and veins of my heart. I regained my strength to stand up.

Now that I could stand up, I did not want to pick up my bed. I was healed and free. Why should I pick up the bed? I did not bring the bed here in the first place, and therefore, it was not my responsibility to take it up. Let someone else take it or use it. I was healed and let myself walk home with no burden on my shoulders.

I was about to leave when these words rang in my heart. Pick up your bed. Pick up the pieces of your life. You have the power to carry it. Do not leave it here. Be a responsible person. When you came here, you were weak and paralytic. Now that you were healed and regain your strength, pick up this bed and carry it. When you walk from here to your home, carry your bed and show to the world that you are strong enough to carry the load, your own bed.

Initially, I thought I would resist. I wanted to avoid carrying the bed of my responsibilities. I wanted to be free with no load of responsibilities. But then I remembered, I was a hopeless man lying paralyzed in the bed with no mattresses. The bed was my master, and I was its slave. The bed controlled me, I could not get out of it. Now that I was healed, the bed was no longer my master, but under my control.

Slowly, I bend my knees, stretched out my arms to pick up the pieces, my bed of responsibilities. I lifted it up over my head. I thought it would be too heavy to carry, but I found what the Lord said, "My yoke is easy and my burden is light."


What Happened? writing prompt entry
Writing Prompt
Write a story that starts with: "Just pick up the pieces..."

The story about the paralytic can be found in Math.9:1-8, Mark.2:1-12, and Luke.5:17-28.
"Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and My burden is light." Math.11:28-30 (NKJV)
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