When something goes wrong or someone is suffering for some reason our inclination seems to be to blame someone or something for the problem. We look for a “culprit”! Who failed here that that person is suffering or that thing we are observing is not right…
There’s a story like that in the Bible… A man blind from birth. The disciples saw him and asked Jesus, “Who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?” After all, it had to be someone’s fault… there had to be something that caused this problem… someone or something was to blame!
Jesus answer to his followers that day is so challenging! Jesus said, “Neither this man nor his parents sinned, but that the works of God might be displayed in him!” Then Jesus healed the man. (John 9:1-7)
This question came to mind during “coffee with the Lord” this morning as I read this passage… What if I stopped looking for someone or something to blame when things were not right – when there was a problem – and began to see those “not right” things as “God-opportunities” … in other words, “This happened that the works of God might be displayed!” I have a feeling difficulties would “morph” into adventure – challenges would become opportunities for faith – problems would begin to result in miracles! What a concept! Seeing problems and difficulties as God-opportunities! I’m going to give it a try!