For an angel went down at a certain season into the pool, and troubled the water: whosoever then first after the troubling of the water stepped in was made whole of whatsoever disease he had.
As we walk through life we come to a certain season where the waters are troubled. In those seasons it seems all we can see and feel is everything that is wrong. All the pain of our past mistakes, failures and even the abuse we have endured comes washing over us like a tsunami. We work as hard as we can to cover over and avoid looking at the pain. Yet that certain season somehow just keeps coming back upon me.
This poor man in John the fifth chapter had been dealing with his problem for 38 years when somehow he reached that season of troubled waters one more time.
When we come to troubled waters we run, we avoid looking at what is causing the storm in our life, we eat, buy a new car or look for a new relationship. Anything to avoid the troubled waters. After 38 years this man still managed to come up with a good attitude. When Jesus spoke to him he answered with respect and stated his issue clearly.
The impotent man answered him, Sir, I have no man, when the water is troubled, to put me into the pool: but while I am coming, another steppeth down before me.
He never accused Jesus or anyone else of being the problem.
If when troubled waters are all around, instead of avoiding the issue and accusing everyone around us, we look at Jesus with respect and state the problem directly, we can also be made whole as this man was.