John 9: 1-3 (the message)
Walking down the street, Jesus saw a man blind from birth. His disciples asked, “Rabbi, who sinned: this man or his parents, causing him to be born blind?” Jesus said, “You’re asking the wrong question. You’re looking for someone to blame. There is no such cause-effect here. Look instead for what God can do…”
When I read this I thought about how so much of the time when something is wrong or hard the first thing I do is look for a reason why. That isn’t necessarily a bad thing; sometimes understanding why helps to correct behavior or bring change. Many times, however, I wonder if it just keeps things the same. When tough times come or we are mistreated, when we face insurmountable circumstances, it can be easy to focus on who is to blame. If we can point the finger at someone or something then they have to “fix” it. As I read the verses above it was like a brighter bulb came on…telling my heart don’t be so fixated on “why” or “who” is to blame….don’t keep looking at how hard or ugly the problem is…look for what God can do. Don’t get so bogged down in your regrets that you miss out on what God can do! Don’t get so sucked into anger or depression that you can’t see what God can do! Don’t be so blinded by bitterness or loss that you can’t see what God can do! Perhaps God is really nonplussed by the height of the mountain or the depth of the valley–nothing compares to His strength and greatness. I think of a small child upset and having a meltdown because all they can see is what they want and don’t have and as a parent you are trying to get their attention…trying to get them to look you in the eye so they can hear the words you are speaking to them…so they can focus on your eyes and the trust and care there. Whatever we may face, instead of being consumed with “why” or “who” let us look at His face, gaze into His love, and really see what our God can do.