Light.

Posted: September 14, 2014 in psalms, Shorts, Theology

Read: John 9

For years, he was blind. He couldn’t describe the colors for he was born without the gift of sight. He had to use his other senses to get him around. Everyday, he would beg for food, for what else could a blind man do.

One day, he heard some guys talking.

“Teacher, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?”

How insensitive of these guys! How callous of them! Didn’t they know that he could hear them clearly? Wasn’t they aware that their voices were loud enough to hurt? They even would drag his parents to this conversation. How did they knew he was blind from birth anyway?

He heard the teacher talking. He was hurting but the words of the teacher was comforting enough.

“Neither this man nor his parents sinned…”

“Then why am I blind?” he thought to himself.

“This happened so that the work of God might be displayed in his life.”

God has a purpose. Even for the blindness in him, God has a plan. He couldn’t really fathom why God would allow darkness to be part of his life. It was really hard not to be able to see. It was harder when people are talking about him being sinful since birth, that sin caused his eyes not to see. He couldn’t find employment with people in the temple, for they labeled him a sinner. He couldn’t find work with the Romans, for what use is for them with a man born blind? His own parents are struggling to keep him, for the neighbors are gossiping about the curse that God has laid upon their family.

“I am the light of the world.”

The teacher then spit on the ground. It was a weird sound perhaps that startled the blind man. He felt mud being placed in his eyes. This feels gross. The smell of saliva and mud. Then the teacher said, “Go, wash in the pool of Siloam.”

The blind man went to the pool and washed off the mud in his eyes. Then he could see. He was so glad that he regained his sight so he went home. His neighbors were talking. Some were doubting if it was him. Others were skeptical. He was the talk of the town. There was a lot of conversation going on because it was an unbelievable story.

He remembered the psalm…

The Lord is my light and my salvation –
whom shall I fear?
The Lord is the stronghold of my life –
of whom shall I be afraid?
Psalm 27:1

The Lord is the one who restored his sight. He is the one that gave light to his eyes. He was the one who cleansed him from the label of being a “sinner”. What he felt was real. He was once blind but now he could see. There was no scientific explanation for that. There was no theological discussion on what happened. He was then talking about what he gained, and no one can take it away from him. He was not afraid to talk about the guy who healed him. After all, being blind since birth and now that he can see, he was searching for the man who restored his sight. What can the neighbors do to him anyway? Weren’t they the ones who judged him in the first place? What can the pharisees do to him? Throw him out again and again when they didn’t even take care of him when he couldn’t see! There was no reason to fear anymore, for he can now see.

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Some of us may find ourselves with a situation like the blind man. Sometimes, that situation is not our own doing, it was present in itself and we didn’t have any choice but to go along with it. There may be a sickness in the home, probably you are suffering from it, or it could be your mom or your dad. It wasn’t your own doing. To some, it is taking years and we lose hope in the process of waiting for answers. Our resources are getting drained trying to find a cure. People around us may be insensitive by saying, “God is dealing with you” or “Repent of your sins”, and this feels like the story of Job all over again.

We are in a fallen world. As long as we are in it, we will have pain, sickness, debt, disease, heartaches, family issues, and indeed, sin has an effect but we can cling on to this. God allowed it to happen. God is still sovereign. He is in control, and he allows things to happen so that the work of God may be displayed in our lives.

Is your world dark? Are there moments when you doubt if God still hear your prayers? Are you praying that you could at least see what is in front of you to know if there is an end to the pain you are going through?

Turn to the Lord, He is our light and our salvation. Let your fears rest in the one who can make the blind man see.

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