The Nuances of the Name

Happy Friday!

 Surf Camp 2015

Ben and I had an amazing week spent on the beach for a summer youth camp, but boy am I excited to sleep in my own bed tonight! I will be talking more about our trip to the beach this week, but first I wanted to share about the title of my blog and where the inspiration came from…

One of the reasons I believe the Bible and love the Bible is because it deals with the hardest issues in life. It doesn’t sweep painful, complex, or confusing things under the rug.

There is a particular passage in scripture that is one of my favorites because it not only applies to my passion in educating and believing in those with disabilities, but to my entire life. This passage is found in John 9:1-3 and John Piper (one of my husband’s heroes) does an incredible job of helping me (and hopefully you) understand.

Jesus Heals a Man Born Blind

Verse 1 says Jesus saw him as he passed by. And the disciples saw that he saw him. Verse 2 says, “And his disciples asked him, ‘Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?’” That question is crucial. But notice, the story did not begin with the disciples’ question, or with the disciples seeing the blind man. The story begins with Jesus seeing the man. When the disciples saw Jesus’ attention to the blind man, they asked for an explanation of his blindness. Verse 2: “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?” When the disciples saw Jesus’ attention to the blind man, they asked for an explanation of his blindness. Verse 2: “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?” That was probably not the most compassionate thing to say at the moment. And you will blow it too someday. Yes, you will. But Jesus is merciful, and he redeems awkward moments.

Here we see that the disciples are looking for the cause. But Jesus says that won’t work, and he gives them an explanation of purpose. Verse 3: “It was not that this man sinned, or his parents, but that THE WORKS OF GOD MAY BE DISPLAYED IN HIM.” The explanation of the blindness lies not in the past causes but the future purposes. Jesus says that the purpose of the blindness is to put the work of God on display. This means that for our suffering to have ultimate meaning, God must be supremely valuable to us. More valuable than health and life. Many things in the Bible make no sense until God becomes your supreme value.

As the story continues, Jesus heals the blind man. I believe in the power of healing and I also believe that God uses difficult circumstances to show His power. He puts His power on display, not always by healing you, but by sustaining you.

Life is a gift, but if we are all honest, it is difficult. May God give you eyes to see that the display of his works in his Son’s suffering and your suffering and your child’s suffering are all expressions of his love.

I believe in hope for the messed up life. Follow me through my journey!

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