And Thus It Was

As I type this, I’m sitting right by my window, feeling the cold breeze, watching the dark clouds move away. The sky is becoming clear. I’m thinking writing this shouldn’t take long. I’m off to go biking. It’s times like these, you want to go out there and play with the wind.

Before writing, I was just looking outside and the heavens. The wind, the sky, the sun and all the colors I see, they reassure me, how blessed I am in this life. I don’t have it all but God supplies everything I need. We’re not rich but I’m blessed to have a family who loves me and has always been there to support me. God has given me a lot of lessons to savor and thank Him for, and to share to everyone else.  Especially,  to the young girls I’m doing small group with.

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In the Bible, in the New Testament book of John,  chapter nine, Jesus healed a man born blind. Because the man was healed on the Sabbath (in the Jewish tradition, it’s a holy day set to honor God through rest – not to do anything, basically,  and worship). So the leaders of the religious law, questioned the man born blind over and over again. The scene was very dramatic and intense. His parents were even called to question. And then finally, the man got frustrated so he said, “Why, that’s strange! He healed my eyes, and yet you don’t know where he comes from?… Ever since the world began, no one has been able to open the eyes of someone born blind. If this man were not from God, he couldn’t have done it.”  (John 9:30, 32, 33 NLT)

In this story we find that while the man had a very good argument, he was still thrown out. And that being thrown out was actually one of the best things that’s ever happened in this man’s life (besides being healed from blindness). He had to be away from the old “religion”, to the things he thought was right. He needed to be separated from them so he could be close to Christ. The next verses show us that Jesus learned of what had happened, so He made sure to find the man. When He did, He asked him, “Do you believe in the Son of Man? (John 9:35, NLT)

I find it interesting that Jesus still had to ask the man after knowing what the man stood for and how he dealt with all the leaders of the religious law. But then He had to ask the man to make a point. It was about spiritual blindness. When we weren’t with Christ, we thought we “see” everything and that we were right in our own eyes. Jesus came to make those who think they “see” that they were, in fact, blind spiritually. So now that we claim to know Christ, the question is, do we believe in Him for everything?

Like the man born blind, I hope we can say, “But I know this: I was blind, and now I can see!” (John 9:25, NLT)

It’s time to have a brand new start. We all had to go through those moments when we can finally say, just like Frodo in the Lord of the Rings, “And thus it was…” Go and look ahead. Something delightful is coming your way.

“Yes, Lord, I believe!” the man said and worshipped Jesus. — John 9:38 NLT

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