Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Where'd you get your super power?

As Jesus was walking along, he saw a man who had been blind from birth.  “Rabbi,” his disciples asked him, “Why was this man born blind? Was it because of his own sins or his parents’ sins?”  “It was not because of his sins or his parents’ sins,” Jesus answered. “This happened so the power of God could be seen in him."
John 9:1-3 NLT

Please read yesterday’s post entitled “You’re not a bad parent” before this one.

I’m sure we’ve all heard it before.  “I just don’t know how you do it.”  On the flip side of feeling like a bad parent at times, we all sometimes get a bit prideful of how we can juggle so many of the extra things a special needs parent has to deal with on any given day.  We feel like super mom, super wife, super .... to the rescue.  We get a little puffed up with a martyr type attitude.  Before you start giving yourself too much credit, read the second half of today’s verses.  We really need to get out of the way to let our real super power shine through.

Is it any surprise that no matter what the circumstance the plan is for everyone to see God?  Scripture abounds with places that all point to God not wanting any to perish and using every circumstance in our lives to point others to him.  Even though this account in John results with the blind man seeing for the first time in his life, God’s power is shown even when healing doesn’t occur.  I recall the week leading up to our son’s funeral, (the son I mentioned yesterday), when God revealed himself in some powerful ways. 

  1. God supernaturally physically sustained me.  I hardly slept the entire week.  I wasn’t tired in the least bit, didn’t look tired, and was alert. People took notice and I was able to give credit where credit was due.  I literally only slept about 20 hrs. in 9 days.  I even was able to speak at the funeral. 
  2. God supernaturally gave us a calming peace.  My husband, Mike, and I had a very calming peace which was very apparent to all attendees.  Considering the circumstances surrounding David’s death should have caused us to be anything but peaceful (He had overdosed on a drug yet to be determined). We were able to give God the glory as we shared our hearts with everyone.
  3. God supernaturally helped us speak to many different groups of people at the same time.  We were able to share the gospel message intertwined with David’s story to people that were ex-convicts, drug addicts, former street people, atheists, relatives, young and old, wealthy and poor… 
  4. Lastly, God supernaturally gave us the desire to minister to everyone else instead of ourselves for David’s funeral.  I can’t really describe this, but can only say that Mike and I really didn’t want anyone to care for our needs until weeks after the funeral.  God had given us the desire to let His power shine and it did.  But it only did because we got out of the way.

You can take any circumstance and God will use it.  It doesn’t need to be as dramatic as a funeral or a miraculous healing.  It can be as simple as others seeing you remain calm in a difficult situation.  Or maybe you send someone an encouraging card or let them know you are praying for them.   

Super heroes aren’t all that super without their super power.  The same goes for us.  We aren’t all that super without our super power (Jesus).

Prayer:  Help me Lord to get out of the way so that you can be revealed in every circumstance in my life.  Let your power shine through and show me opportunities to be Jesus to this hurting world.

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