But whoever does not have them is nearsighted and blind, forgetting that they have been cleansed from their past sins. (2 Peter 1:9)
Helen Keller, born blind and deaf, stated in 1903, “Once I knew the depth where no hope was, and darkness lay on the face of all things. Then love came and set my soul free.” Helen recognized that her blindness was an unfortunate inconvenience, not a limitation to living as fully as possible. She recognized that all of us differ, whether blind or sighted, in how we search for wisdom beyond these senses and how we make use of them.
Christian blindness exists when we focus on today, when we fail to recognize our own sightlessness, and when we fail to recognize and remember we can be renewed daily. We are forgiven, we are redeemed, we are new creatures. The eyes of our hearts have been opened and now we see. We have been given the character of Christ.
A popular hymn of the last century stated: “Open my eyes that I may see glimpses of truth thou hast for me. Silently now I wait for thee, ready, my God, thy will to see.” May God instill this inner sight in us, that we may recognize that our blindness can be overcome. Just like Paul’s physical blindness was overcome and replaced with spiritual sight, at faith in Christ, our eyes have been opened and enlightened to the riches of his glory and to the hope to which he has called us (Eph. 1:18).
Open your eyes that you might see.
Susan Gordon lives in Wadsworth, Ohio, where she enjoys biking, walking, serving as a County Parks volunteer, and making memories with her husband, children, and grandchildren.
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