by Beth Bondurant

For three days after the plumbers came to fix a small problem, we had nothing but trouble from a replaced part that was malfunctioning.

One thing can lead to another and sometimes we can trace a perplexing question back to the source of worry.... and sometimes it is a mystery as to the cause of our distress.

The first inquiry we make in most difficult situations is to ask the question..."WHY?"

Surely there is a reason for any current dilemma and if we pinpoint the origin, our hope to alleviate the problem will come to pass.

Definitely... following the plumber's repair, it was evident something wasn't right but resolution of the predicament wasn't obvious.

My blame was quickly directed.  My faith in this particular professional person wavered.

The Master and the disciples encountered a man born blind and their assumption was that either the man or the man's family were responsible for this birth defect due to "sin".

"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."

O God, I am so quick to blame someone or seek some explanation for life experiences that come propelling daily as part of the ebb and flow of a fragile humanity... "living together".  I allow my doubt and fear to overwhelm my faith. Instead of claiming the wonder of your amazing grace and goodness, I flounder in debate and accusations.  Forgive me, O God. I want to see! I want to believe that you are with me and that there is nothing that can separate me from the power of your redeeming love... no matter what seems to break or fall apart or interrupt the Shalom of the day.  Heal my eyes, my heart, my mind, my spirit so today I can rejoice in the love that "bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things"... without recompense for cause-effect.