As he passed by he saw a man blind since 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 (ESV)
Perspective, it’s all in our perspective. God’s perspective invariably includes timing; it’s in his nature. Jesus, through the crystal clarity of his divine perspective, went on to heal this man so he might fulfill his intended purpose in life. The man’s destiny was determined before birth, but it was only fully activated at the moment of his healing. There is always new revelation waiting within the heavenly perspective. There are yet so many unrevealed facets to God’s wondrous character that each and every opportunity to see people and events from God’s perspective offers encouragement and righteously fresh revelation. Taken from an earthly perspective we could conclude that this event was, of course, coincidence, but as Einstein would conclude “coincidence is God’s way of remaining anonymous.”
How typical was the inevitable question the disciples asked of Jesus, for they saw only from a narrow negative perspective? The blind man, while disadvantaged from a worldly point of view, was now a viable instrument of God, poised to perform important work within the Kingdom that even he didn’t fully grasp. We must remove our spiritual blinders and begin seeing from God’s perspective, expecting the Holy Spirit to give us divine insight, as our nature becomes more in tune with God’s.
This simple yet profound encounter speaks to the unhindered expectancy with which we are to live our lives. We can’t afford to get stuck in a revolving door of stale lifeless dogma or doctrine that restricts our expectations of God’s miraculous multi-faceted nature to enrich our lives. We need to view all our challenging earthly circumstances as opportunities to draw on God’s cornucopia of resources. Both God and Christ Jesus are astonishingly creative and original every single day and they dearly want to exercise their enriching creativity on us and through us.
Remember, God cannot be trivialized or minimized for he opens unseen doors that invariably lead to hope and prosperity regardless of circumstances. By taking a Godly perspective we allow divine insight and unforeseen hope to invade the murky world of the human heart.
Dear Lord Jesus, grant us favor that we might offer clarity of vision and assured hope through heavenly perspective, to a lost and darkened world. Amen.
A F Fischer