June 13, 2011

Why bad things happen

Last night at church Dave Stravers from Mission India preached.  He talked on John 9:1-12 with major emphasis on the first three verses.  His sermon was about why bad things happen, such as the horrible social system that India has.  I can, as I'm sure many other people, can think of so many things going on in my own life and in the world around me that I constantly wonder...why is this happening.  That is exactly what Jesus' disciples did when they encountered yet another blind person.  They asked Jesus, "Who sinned?" They wanted to know why this man was blind, what did he do or his parents do to deserve this.  How many times do I ask God that when something bad happens, or even worse, how many times do I say "that happened because God is not happy with ______________."  I am really good at doing that.  But again, God's word "slapped me in the face" (in a good way, don't worry!) and here is His amazing response to the disciples and to us:
“Neither this man nor his parents sinned,” said Jesus, but this happened so that the works of God might be displayed in him. John 9:3.  

Whoa...that verse took my breath away.  Of course I know there are times when God uses things in our lives to get us back on track with him.  But what about all the other amazing things that he does just so that we may see His miracles working!  I think it's time I start looking for the works of God being displayed instead of trying to find the blame.  

June 2, 2011

Watermelon Love!

Aaron loves watermelon!  I think he would only eat that if we let him!  We have to hide it most of the time when we do eat it just to make sure he eats his other food too.  We have learned to limit him though...too much watermelon can make a big mess in a few hours.