Once again this week, we read a retelling of one of Jesus’ miraculous healings. This man had been blind since birth and the natural question for the disciples was, “Who sinned?” The belief during this time was that disease and disability of any kind were all the result of sin in someone’s life – in this case, either the parents or the man himself. Jesus provided a different perspective, one that didn’t relate to personal sin, but rather an opportunity for God’s power to be revealed; another opportunity to see things from God’s vast perspective rather than a limited human one.
Perspective is a powerful thing. How I choose to look at a situation can completely change the way I handle it. When I view adversity from my own limited vantage point, I can become stressed, self-absorbed, and ineffective in my ability to deal with it. Sometimes it even makes me doubt God’s love for me. When I choose to try to take God’s perspective and lock my eyes on Him, it changes me. The situations don’t always (or even most of the time) become easier, but the shift within me is a palpable one as I take another step of faith and trust.
One thing that I think we can all agree on is that life is hard. It just is. Things happen that we scramble to make some kind of sense of, believing that if we just knew the “why” we would be ok. Unfortunately, this side of Heaven, there are things that we may never have answers for. There are things about God that He shares with us and that can be known, but there’s much about Him that remains a mystery to us. God is so much bigger than we can even imagine, and when we try to reduce Him in order to make Him understandable or make sense to us, we fall far short of who He really is.
God is always at work and in each and every situation there’s so much more going on than we can see. The question is, am I willing to trust that God’s perspective is bigger than mine AND that He is good? Faith is developed minute by minute and day by day, in the little things as well as the big things.
Director of Small Group Ministry
New Hope Church
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