PRACTICING COURAGE IN THE WILDERNESS
Based on Living Compass “Practicing Courage with all your heart, soul, strength and mind”
“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?”
Sadly, it is still the nature of human beings to treat those with disease, disability, or infirmity as “unclean” or “less-than”. Our society still judges others by their afflictions, believing, as the disciples did, that these people must have done something bad to deserve the hardships they have to endure.
Even today, we have a tendency to collectively think that something is “less-than” about a person with disease or disability, and while we know it isn’t so, we still hear people make assumptions that perhaps their family, or they did something to cause it.
Jesus comes in with blazing testimony that these judgements could not be further from the truth. The disciples asked Jesus who sinned, the blind man or his parents, so that he deserved to be blind. And Jesus responds, “[Neither!] … he was born blind so that God’s works might be revealed in him (John 9:1-24).”
This means that each and every one of us can be a vessel through which God works, despite or because of the ways in which we are broken.
No matter what illness, disease, disability, injury we suffer, or transgression we have committed, God’s glory can be revealed through each one of us. All of us play an important part in God’s amazing plan, but it takes courage to say “yes” to God’s invitation. God works well with fear, doubt, and self-loathing. It takes courage to allow God to work through us and not be worried about what the world thinks.
When in your life have you felt inadequate or “less than”? What kind of courage helped you to understand what was going on in your life? Have you ever experienced God’s grace being revealed through you, even at times you have felt broken?