“Open my eyes that I may see”
Dear Friends and Family,
God has blessed our little family of three with his love and faithfulness. My husband and I have been married for twenty-six years now, and we have a beautiful sixteen-year-old daughter, Christina Marie. Carl is a wonderful and loving husband; he also is a great father. He is so generous and compassionate; he would do anything for Christina and me. He is a sweet heart and a real treasure. God has graciously given each one of us many talents and gifts, so we can help and support each other. We do; however, face one challenge daily. My husband is legally blind.
According to Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia, http://www.wikipedia.org, blindness is the condition of lacking visual perception due to physiological or neurological factors. Total blindness is the complete lack of form and visual light perception. Webster’s online dictionary, http://www. websters-onlinedictionary.org, associates these words with blindness: loss of sight, darkness, ignorance, fog, blackness, wickedness, aimless and simple mindedness.
A person who is blind in the natural faces many challenges. He or she need assistance with walking. Also they have trouble maneuvering in dim areas or unfamiliar places. People’s faces and other objects may appear fuzzy or distorted. Sometimes I know with my husband, he even “misses” objects. It’s as if they were “hidden” from him.
Blindness is mentioned several times in the bible. For example, in Genesis chapter 27, Issac’s eyes became so weak he couldn’t see. Jacob his younger son took advantage of his father’s blindness and pretended to be his older brother Esau. Jacob was successful and “deceived” his father and Jacob received the first blessing instead of his brother Easau. In Exodus chapter 10, the Lord said to Moses stretch out your hand toward the sky so that “darkness” will spread over Egypt – darkness that can be felt. No one could see anyone else or leave his place for three days.
In 2nd Samuel chapter 22 after the Lord had delivered David from his enemies and from the hand of Saul, David sang a song of praise, this scripture verse is part of that song- You are my lamp, O’Lord; the Lord turns my “darkness” into light. In addition, the bible also mentions the term spiritual blindness. In Matthew Chapter 23, Jesus called the Pharisees hypocrites that were full of wickedness. Their pride “blinded” them from God’s truth and doing his will. In Acts chapter 9, Saul, who persecuted the Jews, was struck down by “blindness” for three days. His men had to lead him to Damascus. After three days, God chose a disciple to lay hands on Saul, and he was healed instantly. Not only was Saul’s vision restored, he was also filled with the Holy Spirit and began preaching about Jesus. Saul was totally committed to the Lord. He lived in the light of the Lord and his spiritual blindness was no longer with him. As we referred to the word blindness the most obvious antonym would be sight. I associate the following words with “sight”: light, direction, awareness, understanding, truth, goodness, and purity.
I would like to refer you to two scripture verses in the bible that give a clear picture of how Jesus would like us to live our lives, with our eyes open. The first one is located in John 3.Light has come into the world, but men loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil. Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that his deeds will be exposed. But whoever lives by the “truth” comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what he has done has been done through God.
The other scripture verse is found in Ephesians 4:17- 32, it also continues in to Chapter 5- For you were once “darkness”, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light (for the fruit of the light consists in all “goodness”, “righteousness”, and “truth”) and find out what pleases the Lord.
In the light we see things much clearer. In God’s light nothing is hidden, everything is exposed. We have God’s truth, wisdom, knowledge and understanding. As we walk with Jesus, we desire to do good deeds. When we have our sight, we are not bewildered or lost. As we walk in God’s light, we are found, and no longer lost sheep. We hear and know the shepherds’ voice.
God has shown me more than once, that I, as do other believers, have our own “blind spots”. These are certain areas of our lives that we may not notice at first. These are areas that we may discover about ourselves after a period. These blind spots may be discovered in a variety of ways, God may reveal them to you in His Word, a sermon, or even through other people.
A blind spot I recently went through, is I was questioning God about why he wanted me at my church. Well, my answer came loud and clear a few months ago, in a sermon. I would like to share this scripture verse with you. It is found in Luke 5, which tells the story about the calling of the first disciples. It is really a very powerful scripture verse: I will begin at verse 4: Put out into deep water, and let down the nets for a catch.” Simon answered, “Master, we’ve worked hard all night, and haven’t caught anything. But because you say so, I will let down the nets. Those four words- because you say so made me finally realize, it didn’t matter why God called me to my church. What mattered was he said so, and he wanted me to obey without questioning.
Father God, I bless each one of my readers today. Father God, as they continue to seek you may you reveal to them the “blind spots” in their lives. May they have the discipline and boldness to overcome these “blind spots” or blind areas in their lives. May they begin to walk in your light and be obedient to your words and commands. May they not question or doubt your authority or the designated plans you have for their lives.
Enjoy the Journey. Until next time,