His name was Glen.
I met Glen while serving in my first ministry, in 1980, in Pomona, California. He and his wife were members there, and he was on staff.
He was an accomplished man. He was a great teacher of scripture, an expert furniture maker, and was a fine musician and artist, and an excellent cook.
Glen came to faith in his adult years. Until then, the gospel had been unfamiliar. But when he came to Jesus he came full speed, was all in, and he never looked back.
He was effective with young people and I had never been around anyone like him. He was fearless, bold, and seemed a modern apostle Paul. He led scores of young people to Christ, as many as 50 to 75 each year.
He was remarkable in many ways. Perhaps the most remarkable: he was an ex-convict. He became a believer in prison, when released, he became a minister of righteousness. He ministered in California’s Youth Camps, prisons for young men 18-21.
And another remarkable thing: he was blind.
Now Jesus-John 9:1-3
As he went along, he saw a man blind from birth. His disciples asked him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?”
“Neither this man nor his parents sinned,” said Jesus, “but his happened so that the work of God might be displayed in his life.”
Storm of the Centuries
Hurricane Harvey will go down as the most devastating storm in American history. Those who lived through it wondered why it happened, why us, what did we do?
Jesus would say it wasn’t about anything that anyone did. It happened so the work of God might be displayed.
The Work of God?
It’s there if you look, it’s abundantly evident.
- It’s the volunteers who rescued people day and night.
- It’s the people who helped even though their homes were destroyed.
- It’s the spirit of compassion manifested all over the city.
- It’s the realization of what and who is most important.
- It’s millions of people praying and seeking God.
The atheist says phooey. The skeptic calls it humanitarianism. But the believer sees the work of God displayed in high definition. Through great fear, crushing loss, and unprecedented destruction, the work of God shines like a rainbow after the storm.
The storm was a result of nature, just like the man born blind. But Harvey created a reason for millions to come together, to focus on something bigger than ourselves, and to be reminded who God is and why he matters.
I know exactly how Glen would have seen it.