One thing I do know, that though I was blind, now I see. John 9:18-41 They wanted to remind him of his past. They wanted to convince him that this blessing of sight was a trick, perhaps even short-lived. But the man born blind wouldn’t let that keep him from believing that his sight was nothing short of a miracle by someone whom even the authorities had no answer. Clarity isn’t always easy to come by and there is more stimuli in the world now than at anytime previous. Whether we are born blind or become blind, out of love, what we know is that whatever is now behind us does not affect God’s desire for us to see. Keep looking forward.
John 9:1-2 As he walked along, he saw a man blind from birth. His disciples asked him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?”
Jesus assures the disciples that no one is at fault in this case. Of course the blindness that the disciples speak of is a physical one but I believe our reality is that we are all born spiritually blind but only in that the soul within us, which yearns to be awakened, has yet to be shaken up by an experience of grace (something we receive that we did not earn) and mercy (something we deserve but did not receive). Don’t be deceived, no physical birth is ever at fault. So let’s begin to work and pray for one another that God’s grace and mercy will manifest through each of us and for each of us. Then one day we will all see perfectly. Amen.
Lent: Day 34 –‘Teacher, let me see again.’ Jesus said to him, ‘Go; your faith has made you well.’ Immediately he regained his sight and followed him on the way. Mark 10:46-52
Blind Bartimaeus wanted to see again. This tells us that at some previous point in his life, he did have sight and by some turn of event lost it. We all occasionally lose our way. It is easy in this world to be distracted by our hurt feelings, disappointments and frustrations. It is fortunate for us that God knows the heart that is left to tears and outcries of despair. Listen and take heart! The Savior’s journey travels every path that we take and calls us to once again to follow him in his path of light to resurrection and glory.
2 Corinthians 4:13-18 So we do not lose heart. Even though our outer nature is wasting away, our inner nature is being renewed day by day. For this slight momentary affliction is preparing us for an eternal weight of glory beyond all measure, because we look not at what can be seen but at what cannot be seen; for what can be seen is temporary, but what cannot be seen is eternal.
Psalm 43 O send out your light and your truth; let them lead me; let them bring me to your holy hill and to your dwelling. Then I will go to the altar of God, to God my exceeding joy; and I will praise you with the harp, O God, my God.
Is it not true that God knows the heart of those who seek after him? For many claim to seek God but their motives are selfish and have no resemblance to his commandment to love our neighbor. Now we have all been there. None of us has worshipped perfectly, but the heart that cares nothing about the welfare of others will suffer the most not at the hands of humans but at the hands of God. Remember Jacob and Laban and trust God’s vengeance. Is it not true that God has no respect of person (Romans 2:11, Acts 10:34)? For many who claim to know him still today blindly judge according to their own perceived status. Yet people will first remember how someone responded to their presence of being before they remember any particular act on their behalf? Is it not true that God sent his son to be the advocate for everyone whether they believe or not? Yet many claim to believe, and advocate only for themselves and not other people. The ground at the foot of the cross is level ground and only the atoning sacrifice of Christ himself is perfect for all people. Thus, the tangled web of life is easily reconciled by the heart, which seeks, confesses, believes and knows, that God gives the true light that shows the way to go.