Bible Reading: John 9:1-41
Music has always been an important part of my life. I love all kinds of music, but the music I love the most is the music that we sing about Jesus.
One of my favourites is "To God Be the Glory." What a great hymn of praise to God. The Song we just sang is another that has always been a favourite of mine, "Blessed Assurance, Jesus Is Mine." Did you know that these favourites that I have named have something in common? They were both written by the same person. In fact, there are many songs written by that person. Her name was Fanny Crosby.
When Fanny was six weeks old, she had an eye infection. Her regular doctor was out of town, and a man posing as a doctor gave her the wrong treatment. Within a few days, she was blind. Just a few years later her father died and her mother worked hard to support her blind daughter with the help of Fanny's grandmother – a very faithful Christian who instilled in Fanny a love of the bible. Even a a young age she could quote entire books of the bible.
If I had been made blind like Fanny, I think I would be very bitter and I would probably spend a lifetime feeling sorry for myself. Fanny was never bitter and she never felt sorry for herself. When she was only eight years old, she wrote this poem:
Oh, what a happy child I am,
Although I cannot see.
I am resolved that in this world,
Contented I will be.
How many blessings I enjoy
That other people don't.
To weep and sigh because I'm blind,
I cannot and I won't!
Instead of being bitter and feeling sorry for herself, Fanny used the gifts that God had given her to write over 8,000 songs and poems to praise and glorify God.
One day Jesus was walking with his disciples when they passed by a blind man. When they saw him, the disciples asked Jesus who was to blame for the man's blindness. Was it because of his sin or was it because of his parent's sins? Jesus answered them and told them that no one was to blame, he was blind so that God's works could be shown in him. Then Jesus healed the man and the people praised and glorified God for his goodness.
What about Fanny Crosby? God didn't heal her blindness. Perhaps if God had healed her, she might never have written all of those beautiful hymns -- and the world would never have heard of Fanny Crosby. She used the tragedy of her blindness to glorify God. I pray that tragedy will never come into your life, but if it does, remember that everything that happens can be used to praise and glorify God!
Dear Lord, the difficulties in our life can sometimes seem small when compared to what others may be facing. Help us not to grumble and complain, but to praise and glorify you in every situation. Amen.