As he went along, he saw a man blind from birth. His disciples asked him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?”

“Neither this man nor his parents sinned,” said Jesus, “but this happened so that the works of God might be displayed in him.

John 9:1-3


A long time ago, when I still had a lot of growing to do, I read this Scripture. As I studied it, wondering what on earth Jesus could mean by his response to the disciples, a light came on.

There wasn’t a cause for the man’s blindness, but a purpose. The result of the blindness was that God was able to use it to show his work. When he was healed, others would be amazed and praise God about the great things he could do. This could not happen if he were whole to begin with.

I looked at myself, living with bipolar disorder, and realized that maybe the same could hold true for me. Perhaps God could use my life as well to show how he can work. In the way he displayed his healing touch in the blind man, could he show the same through me? Could he show himself through my life?

Just think. This might be the purpose for the disability you live with. Maybe Jesus is talking about you too.

How could God’s care, love, encouragement and strength, show his glory? When a person deals with disability God’s glory shines through in a way that might not happen to as great an extent as if he were healthy.

Do you remember the man we talked about a week ago? Nick Vujicic was born without arms or legs. “Why God, was I born this way?” he asked.  Nick discovered that God had a miraculous plan for his life. He became a powerful motivational speaker. God has changed many lives through his great faith.

Please do watch and listen to one of his presentations here. You’ll be inspired. (It’s a different video from what I linked to last week.)

God’s blessings to all of you,