Wednesday 8th July, 2015
John Chapter 9
Don’t you love a good story? and this one full of Jesus compassion and kindness, his matter of factness too – had me thinking straight away. The thing I noticed the most at first were all the questions flying around.
The Pharisees all full of questions about how the blind man was healed – – – but did they want the answers? They missed seeing Jesus even when He was in plain sight. I don’t want to miss Jesus.
The disciples had a few question too – who’s sin caused the mans blindness, who was at fault? Jesus tells them – nobody – it is what it is – “so the power of God can be seen in Him” – now that’s a beautiful change in perspective isn’t it – why its happened isn’t as important as what Jesus can do in the middle of it. How different does our “unhappy” look from this vantage point.
When we get too caught up in the whys and the wherefores and the how comes and who’s to blame and maybe even the “why me God”? – we can miss the really good bit where Jesus stops and talks with us and the bit where His sweet meets our bitter and His beauty covers our ashes and where His eternal touches our mortal. We can miss the miracle of His power working in us.
That blind man didn’t miss it – he didn’t stop to ask questions, he took Jesus at his word. He didn’t baulk at the indignity of having mud mixed out of spit and dirt rubbed across his eyes!?!? – was he being mocked or was this for real. He took his chances, found the river and got his miracle.
So God’s work in our lives can get messy, uncomfortable and scary, it can take us way out of our comfort zone and get decidedly unglamorous. It might be risky, it might be scary but IT IS SO WORTH IT TO SEE GOD AT WORK IN OUR LIVES. So whats some mud in our eyes occasionally if God is doing something great. Could it be something more than we even ask or imagine? (Ephesians 3:20)
Some music to finish from Soweto Gospel Choir
Lv Tracey xx
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