He Saw A Man - Saturday January 31, 2015
As he passed by, he saw a man blind from birth. John 9:1 ESV
Jesus was very alert to His surroundings and to the people He encountered in everyday life. As He and His disciples were traveling through a town, He noticed a needy, blind man off to the side of the road. "As He passed by, He saw a man. . . ." He turned aside from His travels to meet this man's obvious need and gave him the gift of sight.
Jesus also used this healing for a teaching moment for His disciples. He taught them about doing the work of God; He taught them about not judging people for sin. He taught them that we shouldn't look on other people's circumstances as punishment for sin. He taught them that we are not here to judge but to heal.
As I go through my daily activities, I have an agenda in mind. I have things to get done in the course of that day. I am focused on that agenda. As a result, I have a tendency to miss seeing the people and the situations that are "present" in the course of my life. The other day I decided to go for a hike down a trail for some solitude and prayer. There was one other guy I met down the path. He was very chatty, and we talked for a little while. I started to resent his "intrusion" into my "spiritually" important solitude so I walked on. Later, I greatly regretted not trying to strike up a spiritual conversation with the man. An opportunity lost!
Lord, help me go through each day alert to the people, situations, and circumstances that come my way. Help me avoid the intense "mission mindset" that pervades my thinking and causes me to miss your sovereign appointments.
Coulee Rock Community Church
La Crosse, Wisconsin
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