Thursday, July 30, 2015

Wanting to Be Well

Swimming in Lake Tahoe
Here a great number of disabled people used to lie—the blind, the lame, the paralyzed. One who was there had been an invalid for thirty-eight years. When Jesus saw him lying there and learned that he had been in this condition for a long time, he asked him, “Do you want to get well?”
“Sir,” the invalid replied, “I have no one to help me into the pool when the water is stirred. While I am trying to get in, someone else goes down ahead of me.”
Then Jesus said to him, “Get up! Pick up your mat and walk.”  At once the man was cured; he picked up his mat and walked.
John 5:3-8 NIV
Do you want to get well?

It sounds like such a harsh question with an obvious answer; but really, it isn't.  We know a lot of people who actually seem more comfortable wallowing in what they DON'T have rather than looking forward and working toward happiness. 

Do you want to get well?

We moved to Nevada over a year ago and immediately I fell in love with Lake Tahoe. 

But, during the course of this summer, I have decided that Lake Tahoe is not just my FAVORITE PLACE, it is my HAPPY PLACE.  Lake Tahoe is the place where I GET WELL. 

As the parent of a child with special needs, I think the criteria for a Happy Place may be different than that of a parent who is able to do more independent, adult activities.  Here's a definition of MY HAPPY PLACE:

  • My child is happy
  • My child is safe
  • My child is entertained with minimal energy being exerted by ME
  • I feel relaxed
  • I feel safe
  • I don't even care what else is going on around me and my family; I am totally in the moment and enjoying the beauty of this world
Yes, Lake Tahoe is my happy place.  And when I feel the weight of the world weighing me down, I know that it is time to go there so I can reset.  When I need to GET WELL, I go to Lake Tahoe.

Lake Tahoe has some areas where it is very, very shallow even out quite far into the lake; so my daughter, who cannot swim even after years of lessons, is comfortable there.  She is sensory-seeking, so she loves the sensation of water.   (When I think about it, our happy place when we lived in Wisconsin was Noah's Ark Water-park, so it makes sense that our happy place now would include water.) There are waves in the Lake Tahoe water from all of the boats, but they are nothing like the powerful tide of the ocean, so I love Evie's delight in "catching the waves" while still being safe and in control.

We were at Lake Tahoe today and we just hung out in the water, bouncing a beach ball back and forth as the waves carried us in to shore.  When we got in too close, we'd just walk back out and start all over again.  Evie started singing some TobyMac songs and I sang along.  A man walked by, just as I was thinking what a perfect moment we were enjoying together, and he said, "Someone is very happy...." as he looked at Evie. 

Yes, someone was very happy...and that was reciprocated in her the person who feels her sadness, who shares her anxiety, who hears her heart.  Evie was happy, so mama was happy too.

God wants us well, but he wants US to WANT to BE we need to go to our happy place; our place of healing when we need to get well.

He's not going to MAKE us go there if we aren't ready to be well.

Where is your happy place?  Where do you get better?  Where do you feel peace?  

Go there...whenever you need it; whenever you can.  Don't let other people hold you back with thoughts of "it's too far," " it's not practical," or "that's not a logical choice for today."  God has created that place for you so you can take refuge in him; so you can get well.  He will open the doors for you to get to your happy place...

He moved us from Wisconsin to Nevada to open another happy place door...

He brought Jesus to the man by the pool who was waiting to be healed...

And he has a happy place for you too.

Pray:  Heavenly Father, I always have so many thoughts and feelings and worries running through my head.  Thank you for creating a happy place just for me so I can reconnect with you and be re-energized by you.  Help me to carve out time to be healed; help me to remember that "getting well" is not a BAD THING; that you DESIRE for us to GET WELL.  Amen


  1. I also have a happy place. I live in the Pacific Northwest and my happy place, you may have have recently seen it on tv, Is Chambers bay. The US open was recently played there. It is in the Puget Sound. It is an inlet of the Pacific ocean so you get the sea salt smell in the air, and Oh so beautiful! There is also a fully paved 5K walking trail that is accessible for my son in a wheelchair. The minute I drive down the long hill to the bottom I start feeling calmer, more relaxed. So all in all, the perfect Happy Place.

    1. I'm so glad you've found your happy place as well, Donna!!! Keep going there whenever God allows!