workers of God-wonders | John 9.3-5
Jesus answered, “It was not that this man sinned, or his parents, but that the works of God might be displayed in him. We must work the works of him who sent me while it is day; night is coming, when no one can work. As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.” John 9.3-5 | ESV
“The question is how can the wonder-works of God be seen in such a man’s blindness? We’re not here to speculate or conjecture over such a man’s condition, we’re here to do something about it – we’re here to be workers of God-wonders – to do what the Great Sending God would have us do while there’s still light in which to do it. Night comes all too soon, and such wonder-working opportunities will slip right through our idle fingers and then we can’t do anything about it. But as long as I’m in this world, I am the light of the world – and watch me shine…” MAV
Listen to the story again. No, this is not just filler. This is the point this week:
A monk was fleeing from a fierce tiger. The monk reaches the edge of a cliff, the tiger close behind, and, spying a rope dangling over the edge of the cliff, sees he has no other choice but to grab it and to start down the face of the cliff to escape the tiger. Whew! Narrow escape!. But now he is dangling five hundred feet above a quarry of jagged rocks. He looked up and saw the tiger poised atop the cliff, clawing at him – and right then two mice began nibbling at the rope. What to do? And the monk looked and saw a strawberry within arm’s reach, growing right out of the face of the cliff. He plucked it, ate it, exclaiming, “Mmmmmmmmm! That’s the best strawberry I’ve ever tasted in my life!” If he had been preoccupied with the rock below (the future) or the tiger above (the past), he would have missed the strawberry God was giving him in the present moment.
How can the wonder-works of God be seen in such a man’s blindness?
That’s the strawberry in the harsh rock of the cliff we face.
We see the blindness of the world, in the world.
We see the darkness and we
pray it away,
sing it away,
positive-think it away,
all as we hyperventilate dangling on our rope.
And there’s a strawberry right there in arm’s reach waiting to be plucked. There is light to be shined. What is darkness but the opportunity for the light to shine? Where would light be without darkness?
Which is why, I suppose, God says he creates both.
We are all hanging on the rope of life today between that proverbial rock and a hard place, in one way or another, to one degree or another, complete with anxious mice nibbling at our lifeline. Ah, but it is today. It is day. And there is a berry to be plucked. There is light to shine. There are God-wonders to unfold.
Oh to be possessed by such monkish wisdom…
“We’re here to be workers of God-wonders – to do what the Great Sending God would have us do while there’s still light in which to do it. Night comes all too soon, and such wonder-working opportunities will slip right through our idle fingers and then we can’t do anything about it.”
What God-wonder is waiting to unfold today through you?
Light of the world, in darkness let me see light – let me see and be the opportunity for light. This day. As you would light the way. Through Jesus.