After I got over myself this afternoon I decided that I should pick up my Bible.
Let me clarify. The McDougal clan (that's us) has gone through a few things already this year; some hard things, just like you may have. And today for some reason I decided to dwell on some of those hard things. Don't ask me why. I have no idea; I was just in a self-loathing state for some reason (maybe it had something to do with the fact I didn't finish all that laundry yesterday! No, not really.)
But, as I was reading through the book of John (you should check it out, really, it's chock full of drama, suspense, adventure; you name it.) I became very thankful.
I have read through this book several times, but God spoke to me in a new and intimate way today. You know the story of how Jesus heals the man with congenital blindness? In this text I usually tend to focus on the great miracle that Jesus performed with His spit and mud (you'll have to read it), which then proves He is the great Messiah, the Son of God. I then read on to discover the blindness or unbelief of the people that Jesus had just performed the miracle in front of.
Well, today God unveiled another truth to me......
As he passed by, he saw a man blind from birth. And his disciples asked him, "Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?" Jesus answered, "It was not that this man sinned, or his parents, but that the works of God might be displayed in him." (John 9:1-3).
A light bulb seemed to appear above my head. "Thank You LORD!" I breathed out.
Some sufferings are for God's glory; whether it's through His refinement or through a miraculous healing like this blind man. God's purpose is not always presently known to us, but we have God's assurance that His purpose is always good.....
And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose. (Romans 8:28).
And that's all that matters.