While out on my run today, I had just finished 7 miles when I turned the corner to start that up hill climb. As I did I quickly realized that I would be running 3/4 of a mile up hill and into the wind. Needless to say this was a lot harder than usual.
As I was running I couldn't help but think of John 9. There we read about a man who was born blind.
John 9:1-3 says, As He passed by, He saw a man blind from birth. And His disciples asked Him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he would be born blind?” Jesus answered, “It was neither that this man sinned, nor his parents; but it was so that the works of God might be displayed in him.
Did you catch that? The man was born blind "so that the works of God might be displayed in him."
This man must have felt like he was running up hill and into the wind his entire life. But because of this man's blindness, Jesus had an opportunity to show His power and bless this man's life.
What if the struggles I go though in this life are really opportunities for God to show His power and bless my life?
There is a popular song entitled "Blessings". Part of that song says this, "What if your blessings come through rain drops? What if Your healing comes through tears? What if a thousand sleepless nights are what it takes to know You're near? What if trials of this life are Your mercies in disguise?"
Think about that, what if the times in life when it seems like you are running up hill and into the wind are really opportunities for God's blessings?