Recently I had a friend ask me if I would be able to wait for Jesus to heal me if I knew my only reason for being blind was to be healed.
1. As he passed by, he saw a man blind from birth. 2. And his disciples asked him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?” 3. Jesus answered, “It was not that this man sinned, or his parents, but that the works of God might be displayed in him. John 9:1-3
Think about this. Blind his whole life so that the works of God might be displayed in him. The passage goes on to talk about how this man shared what happened to him with everyone he saw. If I had been blind my whole life, I am sure I would do the same. The excitement would be so hard to contain!
What does this blindness look like for you? We can be so caught up in our worries and struggles that we miss out on the blessings right in front of us. God requires us to trust him even in our blindness.
I wonder how this blind man carried on each day? Was he hopeful that he might see one day? I do not know. However, I love that when he was healed he did not keep it a secret. He shared with all that he was blind and now he can see. He testified to the work of Jesus in his life. That the works of God might be displayed in him!
Do we do that? What struggles or blessings in your life are you are afraid to share with others? I have found the more I think I am alone in a struggle, the more I keep it to myself. Only the opposite is true. The more opportunities I have to share these struggles with close friends, the more I realize we are all very similar.
And more importantly… When God works in your life in a mighty way… What a powerful way to encourage others in their struggles.
Do we have the patience to wait on Jesus to heal us simply for the purpose of showing His power to others? And do we have the courage to then share this story with others, or all we meet?