The second thing that really caught my attention was some members of the community (who would have watched this young man grow up) denied it was him who was born blind. Why? Was it hard to see this man healed of blindness when maybe they had some affliction or problem from which they prayed God to deliver them? Why him, Lord, and not me? Would it affect their faith, or reflect on them, for God to heal or bless or answer someone else’s prayer and not theirs? Was it easier to deny it, rather than struggle with the complexity of faith?
How has your faith been affected when someone near has an answer to prayer and you haven’t had an answer to yours?
How high and wide and deep is your love, O Lord!
So also are your thoughts and ways!
I could never understand the complexities and intricacies
In the pattern of all the life-threads you weave.
But I pray you make me pliant and strong enough
To be used in this fabric you are creating.