NOTHING BUT A PALLETBy: Darrelyn L. Tutt
A holy host of witnesses,By whom I'm fully known,Has dropped my pallet through the roof,And brought me to the throne.-Darrelyn
"And it came to pass on a certain day, as He was teaching, that there were Pharisees and doctors of the law sitting by, which were come out of every town of Galilee, and Judea, and Jerusalem: and the power of the Lord was present to heal them. And behold, men, brought in a bed a man which was taken with a palsy; and they sought means to bring him in, and to lay him before Him. And when they could not find by what way they might bring him in because of the multitude, they went upon the housetop, and let him down through the tiling with his couch into the midst before Jesus. And when He saw their faith, He said unto him, 'Man, thy sins are forgiven thee.'And the scribes and the Pharisees began to reason, saying, Who is this which speaketh blasphemies? Who can forgive sins but God alone? But when Jesus perceived their thoughts, He answering said unto them,'What reason ye in your hearts? Whether is easier to say, Thy sins be forgiven thee; or to say, Rise up and walk? But that ye may know that the Son of man hath power upon earth to forgive sins,' (He saith unto the sick of the palsy,) 'I say unto thee, Arise, and take up thy couch, and go into thine house.'And immediately he rose up before them, and took up that whereon he lay, and departed to his own house, glorifying God."Luke 5:17-25On the pallet lie the ...Bleeding and broken,Dejected and disgarded,Rejected and refused,Weary and worn out.Battered and beleagured ... they lie quiet; They are hurting.Do you see them?There are times in our lives when we are reduced to a posture of need, where the pallet of brokeness is our own ... where we bring no sufficiency of our own and find ourselves with nothing but a pallet.Reflect on the goodness of those who have observed you in your "pallet state" and chosen to carry you to Jesus. Observe the care you felt, the comfort you derived, the compassion that arrived in your hour of need ... from those who loved you well because they loved and knew their Savior well.Then choose to become a "lifter" of someone else's pallet.Take the comfort that you have received and apply it to someone in need.Attach your life and your faith to another individual's "palsy" and be the hands and feet that move them to Jesus.----Today, Lord, I offer thanks to You ... for the "pallet lifters" in my life.I offer thanksgiving for individuals whose faith catapulted my own when my own was too weak to bring me anywhere; when I was to palsied to do anything but be lifted.I give thanks to you, Lord, for individuals who appeared unashamedly beside me when it would've been easier and more convenient to leave me lie.Help me to be a "pallet lifter" to a life in need today.Help me to unashamedly and unreservingly move toward the hurting and toward You in a resolute confidence that You will provide life to all those who come to You.To You be all glory.Amen.