“How then were your eyes opened?” they demanded.” (John 9:10)
I love this miraculous story of Jesus healing the blind man because there are so many elements to it. Each time I read about this man, who was born blind, I come away with another inspiration to keep trusting God. Today, I had to stop and think about the question asked by the blind man’s neighbors. These were people who knew that he had been born without sight.
His transformation was obvious to all who knew him. Were they amazed, scared, challenged, or hopeful that some of their own issues could also be transformed? Or were they fearful, doubtful, skeptical, and envious of such a difference in the man. How did they feel about a man who was once pitied, but now could become an equal? Would the new sight provide him with the opportunity to supersede them? These are just a few of the questions that I think about.
No matter how often I meditate on this story, I always end up at the same point. I rejoice in the fact that Jesus frees us from our spiritual blindness. I can’t count the times that I have struggled, only to find the inspiration and the strength to carry on as I draw near to God. It is His goodness and mercy that lifts me and helps me to find His hand at work in my life every day.
How will I respond when someone, who is aware of my challenges, questions my faith and trust in God? Will I remain joyful as I tell them of the many ways that Jesus touches my life, even in the midst of my suffering? Will I allow my life to be a catalyst? Will others ask about Jesus because it is so obvious to them that He has changed me?
Prayer: Father, I pray that everyone who comes in contact with us will see your Hand at work in our lives. I ask that You will make us aware of Your presence as well.
About the Author:
Dorothea Love lives in California. After dealing with chronic illness for over twenty years, she knows that she needs God’s grace each day. Please email her at Dorothea.Love@yahoo.com or visit http://www.restministriessunroom.ning.com/profile/DorotheaLove .