John 9:1-7 NAS – 1 …saw a man blind from birth. 2 And His disciples asked Him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he would be born blind?” 3 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.
Have you ever asked yourself, “How did I get into this mess?” As Jesus passed by this blind man a group of people following Him essentially asked, “How did this blind man get into this mess?” Sometimes things in life get messed up. It really doesn’t matter how you got there, the fact is something went terribly wrong and it appears there is no way out! These are the things that rob us of sleep. In the words of the mystic “St. John of the Cross” this is “the dark night of the soul.” F. Scott Fitzgerald noted the expression in his book “The Crack-Up” writing:
“In a real dark night of the soul, it is always three o’clock in the morning, day after day.”
He’s referring to the poor soul who wakes up at 3 o’clock every morning and thinks over and over about the problems he has, wishes he had, and the life destroyed—the messed-up life. For Fitzgerald, God was absent. The point of his insight was we’re on our own, tasked to develop our own rules to live by, and those rules are our own little lights apart from God. This of coarse comes from a man who was a known alcoholic and died of a massive heart attack at age 44. So much for developing your own rules to live by! The point is, as the darkness presses in on the soul and the dark night of the soul presses in we wonder are there answers.
Here’s something interesting, it doesn’t matter to Jesus how you got there, His thoughts are about how to get you out of the mess! His answer to this blind man’s situation, “it was so that works of God might be displayed.” The Savoir doesn’t accuse by asking, “What did you do?” He is more interested fixing the dilemma than finding fault—He already knows how you got there anyways. It just may be that your “mess” is there to see the works of God happen.
Now is the time to hear Jesus send you to the pool of Siloam, wash and come back with your eyesight! When the miracle happens, your life becomes a display of the life of God to all around. If you’re going to be proud and insist upon doing everything yourself, you may end up awake with Fitzgerald every morning at 3 o’clock am rehearsing failures. Sadly, too many people choose this path believing there is no help for their problems. They refuse, as J Scott Fitzgerald, to allow God to help.
Sight comes as we let the Miracle Worker come into our lives to work. This metaphor of hope, “I am the Light of he world,” prevails as we ask the Savior to come into our lives acknowledging the mess we’ve made and allowing Him to do the clean up work. As improbably as this all may seem to a cynic, God is still in the business of answering the soul that says, “What a Mess I’m In” and showing that Jesus is the one who said, “I am the Light of the World!”
J. Robert Hanson