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04 August 2006

Look What God Can Do!

2:44 PM Posted by steve flores 1 comment

John 9:1-3 (The Message)
1Walking down the street, Jesus saw a man blind from birth. 2His disciples asked, "Rabbi, who sinned: this man or his parents, causing him to be born blind?"
3Jesus 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.

This story has always fascinated me. From the very get go, you have the disciples asking a question we all ask when bad circumstances come our way, “Something had to have happened to have this happen, right?” Jesus’ response is astounding, “Look instead for what God can do.”

This scripture came into full realization with me just the other day, but it started in my early teenage years. I was traumatized that left me asking, “Why me God? What have I done wrong to deserve this? How could you let this happen to me?” I saw no good in it then. I saw no good in my “disability”. I felt hurt and broken, much like I believe this blind man felt, except he struggled with it since birth.

For me, it took years of healing to overcome the past—the details aren’t important, yet I believe a majority of us have experienced colossal failure, feelings of shame, insecurity, a crushed spirit, and a wounded heart. These could have crippling affects on our lives. I know I’m not the only one to have experienced this.

The other day as I was speaking to a friend, they began to tell me of a trauma in their life that had crippling effects. But this story actually began, one day at lunch, months and months ago when I told my story. (God used me that day, because I was oblivious.) My friend said they felt hope, for the first time. They felt hope that I was able to talk about my tragedy with no guilt, no shame, and no fear. We had one of those inspiring, “I can conquer the world,” conversations (If you’ve never had one, make time to breathe life into people. It will happen). My friend went on and on about how great it was that I shared, not knowing at all what they had experienced and how much my words spoke hope into their life.

After our conversation ended, I recalled the story in John 9. God didn’t allow what happened to me to happen to me. It just happened. There’s no “such cause—effect here”. But thank God I was able to use a story of my past and the healing that God gives to breathe words of life and hope to another! What was meant to harm me only made me stronger. Then I thought, “Hmm, what if everyone thought that way?”

How could you use your story to turn tragedy into triumph? Despair to dancing? Hopelessness to hopeful? In the words of Jesus, “Look instead to what God can do.”

I’d love to hear your story. Take sometime and type it out. First, save for yourself—you might need to share it with someone. Second, email me (if you’d like)—I’m always encouraged with stories of how God can turn our lives around and give us hope!