The neighbors and those who had seen him before as a beggar were saying, “Is this not the man who used to sit and beg?” 9 Some said, “It is he.” Others said, “No, but he is like him.” He kept saying, “I am the man.” 10 So they said to him, “Then how were your eyes opened?” 11 He answered, “The man called Jesus made mud and anointed my eyes and said to me, ‘Go to Siloam and wash.’ So I went and washed and received my sight.” 12 They said to him, “Where is he?” He said, “I do not know.” John 9:1-41
How ironic. We marvel at Jesus’ miracle, which is so great that the people who are best situated to see it cannot even recognize it. A blind man that they have known well is suddenly able to see, and they say, “It looks like him, but it must not be the same guy.”
You know what I’m thinking already, don’t you? This is so much like us.
God does MIRACLES in our lives, and we don’t see them.
I don’t mean the silly things like, “I prayed for a parking spot close to the store and suddenly one opened up.” I mean we refuse to see God’s hand in anything that is not what we planned or expected.
It is only a miracle when you get your way? Or is it also God’s work when you lose your job, or you go through a fiery trial, or you have a period of doubt and confusion, and then the sun rises and you come out on the other side – perhaps a month or 6 months later – and you find that your faith is stronger, your love for others is deeper, your joy is more profound?
So the neighbors bring in the experts, the Pharisees and religious rulers. And they too are unable to see the miracle. All they can see is the challenge to their own authority, their comfortable job security. At the end of this story, who is able to see?
Only the man who was born blind. The disciples, the neighbors, the rulers, they all thought they could see and so they were blind. But to the one whom Jesus has given sight, all is revealed. That is a truth worth pondering.
Prayer: Dear Savior, I have been so blind. Open my eyes. Even if the light pains me at first, let me see and rejoice in you. Amen.