THE SOLUTION TO SPIRITUAL BLINDNESS

None of us want to fumble around in the dark, least of all spiritually. The more time we spend with Him, close enough through His Word and prayer, the more illumination He will give us.

Eternal Perspectives         by Sally Bair

Blind dependence

The wind blew so hard, it whipped sand into my eyes. I turned my head, closed my eyes and rubbed them, hoping my tears would wash them clean. It took days before I could focus properly, causing me to wonder how much total blindness affects those who must live with it every day.

The Bible offers a solution to blindness, whether temporary or permanent, in the story about blind Bartimaeus who sat along the road, begging. When he heard Jesus was nearby, he cried out to Him. “’Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!’ Many warned him to be quiet; but he cried out all the more …” When Jesus called him near, he threw his begging garment aside and asked for his sight. “Then Jesus said to him, ‘Go your way; your faith has made you well.’ And immediately he received his sight and followed Jesus on the road.” (Mark 10:47-48, 52)

Bartimaeus’s actions exemplify what our own should be, when we face “blindness” of one kind or another. We may lose sight of reality because of worry about our children, our money or lack of it, our safety or our relationships with spouses, family and friends. We may be blinded to the goodness around us because of our anger at someone. Or because of our prejudices.

We would do well to follow blind Bartimaeus’s example. First he cried out—over and over—with faith in Jesus’ mercy. Then he refused to let the scorn of others embarrass or stop him from yelling. While the crowd demanded he “shut up,” he kept up his strident cries. As a beggar, he was required to identify himself as such by the clothes he wore. But emboldened by Jesus’ invitation to approach Him, the blind man threw his garment aside. Then he stumbled over to Jesus. And after he regained his sight, he followed Jesus.

Jesus promises to hear us, too, when we feel blinded by our circumstances. We can cry out to Him even in the face of ridicule and unbelief. We can lay aside our proverbial garments of dependence on the unreliable or unsatisfying ways of others. We can shed our own unfulfilling ways of dealing with life. And once we run to Jesus, perhaps stumbling over our mistakes and hopelessness in the process of reaching Him, we can transfer our dependence on Him.

“I will bring the blind by a way they did not know; I will lead them in paths they have not known … make darkness light before them …” (Isaiah 42:10)

Lord, thank You for giving us healing sight. Cause us to depend on Your light to guide us in Your way. In Jesus’ name, amen.