Beyond the "Why" Question

Steven Laman

READ : John 9:1-11

Jesus said, “You're asking the wrong question. You're looking for someone to blame. There is no such cause-effect here. Look instead for what God can do.” (v. 3 The Message)

As I sat in my wheelchair watching the other retreat participants playing touch football, I longed to join in. Just then my friend, the retreat speaker, pulled up a chair and we began chatting. In the course of our conversation he asked, “What is your favorite story in the Bible?” “When Jesus healed the man born blind,” I pointed out on my communication board.

That retreat was many years ago, but this story still remains one of my favorites. When I was younger I was more like the disciples, asking, “Why did my cerebral palsy happen?” The disciples wondered if sin played any part in this man's disability. Jesus made it clear that sin did not cause his blindness. His answer also contained the hope that God could work in his situation. After he said this Jesus healed him, and this man became a great testimony to the works of God.

Having lived with a disability for 40 plus years, I no longer look for a reason. Instead I ask, “How can God use my disability?” A change in perspective has allowed God to show me what he can do through my difficulties. You may not have a disability, but God can work in your situation. When we go beyond the “why” question, we will be amazed at what God can do.


Lord, help us go beyond the why, so we can watch you work.