This has been a week of doctor’s, sickness and missing out on my favorite meetings, visits and church. I have had a severe sinus infection for 10 days now and Pat came down with some sort of crud (medical term for sick) yesterday. However, it hasn’t stopped me from reading, studding and writing. The bright side is, “God is still on His throne!”
The thought of blind sight crossed my mind this morning and I started a conversation with God about it. I see in John 9:6-7 (NLT), 6 Then he spit on the ground, made mud with the saliva, and spread the mud over the blind man’s eyes. 7 He told him, “Go wash yourself in the pool of Siloam” (which means “sent”). So, the man went and washed and came back seeing! My question to God is “what did the see?” Did he see through the eyes of God or through the eyes of man? I’m sure the man was in awe when his eyes filled with the brilliance of his surroundings and his excitement must have been excruciating knowing that the messiah did this. All this is great, I thought, but what did the man see. Did he see everything glamorous, with God’s creatures praising and worshiping the creator? Were his eyes so filled with thanksgiving that he saw everything is to be loved and respected. What did this man see? Jesus took me to Mark 8:24 (NLT), The man looked around. “Yes,” he said, “I see people, but I can’t see them very clearly. They look like trees walking around.” Wow! This struck a note of resemblance with me, as I could only see dimly through the darkness when God first gave me sight. I posed the question to myself, “what am I seeing here?” Confusion filled my mind, fear rushed into my very being and everything that I thought I understood, has just went out the window. I received Jesus in the evening which was celebrated by the crowd, who I guess didn’t realize my disorientation or just didn’t care. They filled me with that old, “at a boy no more worrying about anything, cause God’s got it under control.” You now have eternal life to with Jesus. In which sounds really great, if you can comprehend it, but if your floating my boat, I had no clue! All I know is, I went to bed that night expecting and woke up the next morning to the same hard job, same bill collectors, same everything except I’m now saved. I went to church and found no help because I didn’t know how to approach them with the “I’m not sure question.” I prayed and talked and prayed some more, while fighting the same old battles, feelings and thoughts. Then one Saturday (about 3 months after accepting and receiving) while praying Jesus placed His hands on my eyes, “again” and sight became clear. Just as He did in Mark 8:25 (NLT), Then Jesus placed his hands on the man’s eyes again, and his eyes were opened. His sight was completely restored, and he could see everything clearly. With my new vision, Jesus led me to a mentor who not only understood my dilemma but helped me to find a clear view of Jesus and His will. I found that what I believed while blind (allow me to explain my definition of blind for this application. I want what I want, and I want it now, without responsibility.) This world gave me blinders to view everything in a purely selfish, extremely self-advancing and profoundly negative way. I was blind to everything outside of me! The world was all I knew and all I thought I wanted! I hated being blind, I hated me for being blind but it felt safe because it was all I knew “plus” no one notices failure when you’re on the bottom. However, should you be looking for a better way, no matter what your current situation. Repeat this scripture every morning and evening, Romans 12:12 (NLT), Rejoice in our confident hope. Be patient in trouble and keep on praying. God will help you! The key is be continuous! Don’t give up! There are people waiting on God to introduce them to someone who is in need of a passionate follower of Jesus as a mentor. But while I was praying and waiting, I was visiting churches, talking with pastors and praying to God to show me the way. In my beginning with God, I think that I was even more blind after He gave me sight. That is until I was taught to see Jesus inside everything in view. Jesus had prearranged mentors for me, even before my birth because He knew my need. FYI, for the mature Christians, don’t assume that receiving Jesus is all there is to it, for any of us. Reach out! Please! You may be the appointed mentor for the next sinner / saint with blind sight.
HAVE A BLESSED WEEK BY BEING A BLESSING TO OTHERS!