Posts tagged ‘Blindness’

Light in the Darkness

The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness can never extinguish it.   John 1:5

I had recently moved to southeastern Washington from Illinois and was excited about the prospect of backpacking. So after much thought and research, I decided to go to the north side of Mount St. Helens for my first backpacking trip in the Northwest. I arrived late in the afternoon with two of my adult children. We only hiked about two miles when darkness quickly descended upon us necessitating that we pitch our tents at a spot beside the trail. We were able to get a bite to eat and find our way into our sleeping bags before we were engulfed in darkness. And I mean total darkness. It was a cloudy night. There was no light from the moon or stars. In fact, I couldn’t see my hand in front of my face.

Fortunately, we all had flashlights. But the battery in my light had nearly lost its charge. My light was very dim, and yet it provided all the light I needed to see that dark night. On the other hand, the battery in Kelsey’s light was fully charged. Her light was much brighter than mine making it much more effective at seeing every detail of the terrain around us. But when she inadvertently shined it directly into my eyes, I was totally blinded. 

I learned a valuable lesson in life that night. The brightness of my light is not as important as how I use my light. Jesus is the Light of the world. When I accepted Jesus into my life many years ago, His Light began expelling the dark thoughts in my mind and the selfish desires deep in my soul. Little by little the darkness continues to leave my life. I wish I could say all the darkness was completely gone, but it’s not. The truth is, I still have plenty of selfish desires and sinful thoughts. And yet herein lies the value and the proper use of the Light of Jesus in my life. He gives me His Light to illuminate my path. He gives my His Light that my life may be happier, brighter, and filled with peace. When I am walking next to a fellow traveler in life, my light can help us both as long as I don’t use it against him or her. 

You see, it is when I decide to turn the Light onto my fellow traveler, to shine it in his or her eyes, that the precious gift of Jesus becomes a blinding force rather than a precious gift. We too often want to use the Light of Jesus to illuminate the sins of others thereby using His Light as a judgment in their lives rather than a ministry of reconciliation and love. When I am tempted to argue the “truth” with a fellow traveler, I think about that night on the north side of Mount St. Helens. I remember how it felt to be blinded by the light that would have otherwise helped me find my way, and then I remember to use God’s Word to shine Light onto the path and not into the eyes of the one next to me. 

May we remember why Jesus has given us His Light as we read in Psalm 119:105, Your word is a lamp to guide my feet and a light for my path. 

I Can See Clearly Now

But I know this: I was blind and now I see.  John 9:25

Jesus healed a blind man by spitting on the ground, making mud, and spreading it over the his eyes. He then told the man to wash himself in the pool of Siloam. The man did exactly as Jesus had said and came back seeing! Blindness was a condition that had never been healed prior to that day. It was incontrovertible evidence that Jesus was the Messiah. And yet the perspective of the Pharisees did not allow them to see the divinity and power and love and grace of Jesus.

It was only a few weeks ago that I was sure my cardiac condition was hopeless. I felt like the team who is down 40 points in the 4th quarter of the final game of the NBA championship. There was no hope. I might as well pack my bags and prepare myself for the end. But then I decided to take some time to really listen to Jesus. I knew that I couldn’t see clearly without His light in my life. And yet the storm clouds and rainy days of life can make it hard to see clearly. But as I focused on Jesus, I began to have courage and strength to face whatever would be in my future. The more I spent time with Him in prayer, meditation, and reading the Bible, the more hope I saw in my physical condition. Slowly, He opened my eyes so I could see clearly.

And so I have found that spiritual eyesight is directly related to my physical well being. With the wrong perspective, I will make the wrong choices for my health. When I am spiritually blind I focus on the score and everything else goes out of focus. The fact is, only God knows what quarter of life I am truly in. Furthermore, God’s scoreboard is not the same as the world’s. So I may see that I’m 40 points behind in the 4th quarter of this life, but I’m actually 40 points ahead in the 1st quarter of my life with Him. This can only happen as I allow Him to heal my blindness so I can see the kingdom of God in my heart rather than the kingdom of this earth.

I have asked Jesus to spit on my ground and put mud on my eyes. I have washed myself in  His love and commands for my life. Through this process I can attest that I can see more clearly now than I have in a very long time. It reminds me of the words to a song that I loved in high school titled, “I Can See Clearly Now”…

I can see clearly now the rain is gone.
I can see all obstacles in my way.
Gone are the dark clouds that had me blind.
It’s gonna be a bright (bright)
bright (bright) sunshiny day.
It’s gonna be a bright (bright)
bright (bright) sunshiny day.

Oh, yes I can make it now the pain is gone.
All of the bad feelings have disappeared.
Here is that rainbow I’ve been praying for.
It’s gonna be a bright (bright)
bright (bright) sunshiny day.

(ooh…) Look all around, there’s nothing but blue skies.
Look straight ahead, there’s nothing but blue skies.

I can see clearly now the rain is gone.
I can see all obstacles in my way.
Here is that rainbow I’ve been praying for.
It’s gonna be a bright (bright)
bright (bright) sunshiny day.
It’s gonna be a bright (bright)
bright (bright) sunshiny day.
It’s going to be a bright (bright)
bright (bright) sunshiny day.
Yeah, hey, it’s gonna be a bright (bright) bright (bright)
sunshiny day.

Only Jesus can heal the blindness in our lives. What do you need to see clearly today? What would it look like in your life to allow Jesus to heal your blindness?

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