Not too long ago, the retina in my right eye had detached which eventually caused most of my vision in that eye to be lost. The doctor informed me that I needed to have surgery soon or I would be completely blind in the eye. After the surgery, I was required to keep my head and eyes down as much as possible because of a gas bubble in my eye that is meant to strengthen the attachment of the retina. Because of this, I became dependent on others to help me get around. When I was home, I was a little more self-sufficient as I knew where everything was and did not need to look up. When I was able to return to work a week after the surgery, I had to conduct my tours of the grounds more slowly and look more carefully as my vision in one eye remained fuzzy. Before the surgery, I would perform a two-hour tour within an hour and would have to take the tour randomly for the remainder of the time.

This experience of my life provided me a whole new perspective of what it means to walk by faith and not by sight. I have learned a long time ago that it is pointless to ask God why something has happened or is happening because the fact of the matter is that it had already come to pass. It is better to ask, “What do I need to learn?” It is only by asking that where we can truly grow in our relationship with Him. Proverbs 3:5 tells us to “trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding” because as we find in 1 Corinthians 2:9, “No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love him.” God may allow physical problems in people’s lives for redemptive purposes, in order to provide a witness to Jesus’ healing power or to demonstrate His sustaining grace.

When an individual is physically blind, he/she uses and has full trust in an object such as a walking stick and/or a seeing-eye dog. What about spiritual blindness? We find in Luke 6:39-40: “He also told them this parable: ‘Can a blind man lead a blind man? Will they not both fall into a pit? A student is not above his teacher, but everyone who is fully trained will be like his teacher.” God shines the brightest in the darkest of times. Having God’s light shine while other lights are on will be of no help, but when it is dark, God will light the path for you to take. If we do not have Jesus Christ in our hearts, then it is impossible to know where we are going and when we go to help others even in good intentions, we will fall. It is so easy, even for Christians, to become caught up in self-centered pride. In Luke 9:23, Jesus instructs us by saying, “Then he said to them all: “If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me.” Jesus is the Teacher, His Spirit is the aid, and we as students must make the choice to abide by His coaching in every area of our lives. We read in 2 Corinthians 5:5-10: Now it is God who has made us for this very purpose and has given us the Spirit as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come. Therefore we are always confident and know that as long as we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord. We live by faith, not by sight. We are confident, I say, and would prefer to be away from the body and at home with the Lord. So we make it our goal to please Him, whether we are at home in the body or away from it. For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive what is due him for the things done while in the body, whether good or bad.” (Give Me Your Eyes by Brandon Heath)

Boyd Bailey has said that, “Wherever God leads—He provides. What God initiates—He completes. His part is provision and our part is trust.” Total trust in Christ means we give up total control of our lives. It is a wise trade that reaps radical results. Having Christ in control replaces fear with peace. God is gracious, loving, merciful, and powerful. He is kind, forgiving, purposeful, and personal. He has great plans for you, takes great delight in you, and longs to bless you. Don’t neglect Him today, take some time to enjoy His whispers, His encouragement, and His peace. He is God, He is your friend, and He is with you right now.

Heavenly Father,
I offer up myself and my life to Christ the Lord. I give myself unto Your keeping. I ask for nothing, I desire nothing; teach me how to act, how to do Your will. You are everything to me, You are everything I need. You are the strength in my weakness. You are the refuge I seek. You are everything in my time of need. Thank You for Your amazing love and grace. Amen. (In Me by Casting Crowns)