I thought I knew how to turn a bowl. In fact, there are a lot of things that I think I know how to do! I can see images of the before and after in my mind, there is a sense of the textures and colors evolving with the changes directed by my hands, and yet reality is quite different. Some projects never quite come out how I intended. I’m not unique. You can go across the spectrum of activities see the same. Football players do not score a goal on every attempt. Politicians float unworkable ideas. Attorneys lose court cases. Some businesses unintentionally lose money. Any and everywhere you can find examples of unrealized expectations.
The follow-on effect touches are lives in ways we rarely realize. We lose sight of the possible and deny the miraculous. We know it just isn’t possible! We have accepted the limitations life has taught us. Even when the impossible in real, tangible, and in front of us, we know it just couldn’t be true! It is as if even a blinding statement of obvious isn’t enough. We need for it to be something more than real.
The reality of this problem isn’t new. A man who was blind but could now see was in an argument with the experts of his day. It seems that they couldn’t accept what was already fact. The blind man’s words should drive you and I to the mirror to ask ourselves if this could be us. Are we as blind, dumb, and ignorant?
“This is amazing! You claim to know nothing about him, but the fact is, he opened my eyes! It's well known that God isn't at the beck and call of sinners, but listens carefully to anyone who lives in reverence and does his will. That someone opened the eyes of a man born blind has never been heard of—ever. If this man didn't come from God, he wouldn't be able to do anything.” (John 9.30-33)
Today is an opportunity to experience God. Will we choose blindness or the impossible?
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