As He passed by, He saw a man blind from birth. And His disciples asked Him, ‘Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he would be born blind?’
– John 9:1-2

Wow, it’s week 6 and we kicked off the second half on Sunday! This summer is flying by, and we are so thankful for this time with your campers. This morning, in my quiet time, I felt the Lord really speaking to me through this passage in John. As we wholeheartedly dive into second half, it’s not easy. There are times when we question God and his purpose in our lives. I’m sure I’m not alone in questioning the will of the Lord in my life at times.

When I was reading this passage, I was struck by the similarity in my own actions to those of the disciples’. Their natural reaction is not to offer help, to ask if the man is okay. They don’t even ask God, who is standing in the flesh beside them, to heal the man. They simply ask “why.”

Jesus answered, ‘It was neither that this man sinned, nor his parents; but it was so that the works of God might be displayed in him.’
– John 9:3

In a world where we are constantly fighting to get things right, to be the best and please others, we can feel ashamed and burdened when things don’t go according to our plans. We put the blame on ourselves, our past actions, our history.

However, Jesus’ radical answer shifts our gaze off our “should” and onto His grace.

The truth of the matter is that we endure trials and tribulations so that we might be mirrors of God’s glory. Jesus works in the trials, and we are grown and sculpted in the trenches.

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For me and for us as a team, it doesn’t end here. Not only is this such an example of His grace where we fail, but also where succeed. We aren’t blessed because of our good works, but out of God’s lavish love for us. We are blessed so that the works of God might be displayed in us. When we trust in the Lord with all our heart, when we turn everything we have over to him, we are a living testimony of the goodness and grace of our Savior.

When He had said this, He spat on the ground, and made clay of the spittle, and applied the clay to his eyes, and said to him, ‘Go, wash in the pool of Siloam’ (which is translated, Sent). So he went away and washed, and came back seeing.
– John 9:6-7

Trust. It’s not easy, and it’s something I’m definitely learning lately. This week, I am pouring myself into learning and experiencing what it is like to trust God in all aspects of life. As we push on this summer and love these campers with all that we have left, I’ve placed everything I have in the hands of my Creator, and I’m trusting His hands that created me and have guided and loved me for all of my life.

Like the man healed by the pool that day, may we be a canvas for displaying God’s powerful works of grace.

Until next time,
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