I read the story of the man who was born blind in John 9:1-12 and his healing this morning… it’s a great account of the compassion and healing power of Jesus!
I have to admit, I never cease to be amazed at our human tendency to assign blame for the bad things that happen to people. “Who committed the sin that caused him to be born blind – this man or his parents?” his disciples asked. “If only his parents would have…” – “Too bad he didn’t…” – “I tell you, the communities at fault for not…” Our inclination is to always try to determine who is to blame, rather than consider the redemptive opportunity in a sad situation – what God may want to accomplish that is positive (even miraculous) in an unfortunate circumstance! When will we learn that every tragedy, every disaster, every disappointment, every unfortunate situation has a redemptive possibility if God is involved?
What was Jesus’ answer? “Neither this man nor his parents sinned! He was born blind so that the acts (or “deeds” or “work”) of God might be revealed through what happens to him! We must perform the deeds of the one who sent Me as long as it daytime. Night is coming when no one can work.” (from John 9:3-4 the NET Bible)
Divine possibilities! Redemptive opportunities! God at work in our world with our cooperation transforms disaster, disease, disappointments, even death itself into Divine opportunities! Oh Lord help me to see the opportunities! Help me learn to recognize the sweet whisper of your Spirit teaching me what you want to do in sad situations! Help me to act, doing what I can in Your Name, and expect your power and glory to be revealed! Lord, nothing is impossible when You’re involved!