John 9:35-39 NRSV
Jesus heard that they had driven him out, and when he found him, he said, ‘Do you believe in the Son of Man?’ He answered, ‘And who is he, sir? Tell me, so that I may believe in him.’ Jesus said to him, ‘You have seen him, and the one speaking with you is he.’ He said, ‘Lord, I believe.’ And he worshipped him. Jesus said, ‘I came into this world for judgement so that those who do not see may see, and those who do see may become blind.’
Through life you have good times and some dark times. It’s easy to see Jesus when good things are happening in your life. But it’s not always easy to see Jesus in the dark times. In John 9:39, when Jesus says, “I entered this world to render judgment – to give sight to the blind and to show those who think they see that they are blind,” I believe the verse is saying Jesus is there even when you think you don’t see him.
There were many times in my life when I questioned if Jesus was there. When my grandpa passed away I started to question my faith. I asked why Jesus would take him away from me. I thought Jesus wasn’t there for me; but that wasn’t true – he was there. I was being blind. Jesus was what got me through my grandpa’s passing in the long run. I prayed to him to get through the tough nights. I feel like many people don’t see Jesus during the dark times, and get upset with Jesus, and question why he would do something painful. But in reality Jesus is always there for you; you might not see him, but he’s there. When we have hard times we shouldn’t turn away from Jesus because we feel like we don’t see him. We should be seeing that this is just part of his elaborate amazing plan for us.
Dear God, please look over us through the highs and lows of life. We may not always see you but we know you’re always there. Thank you for walking with us through the journey of life and never leaving our side. You are always with us. Amen.