Walking Blindfolded

September 26, 2001
by Simon MacInnis

I had the chance recently, while on a mission trip, to take a trust walk. A trust walk involves getting together with another person for a walk through the woods. The only difference is that one of the walkers is blindfolded and cannot see. The one blindfolded must walk next to the other and manoeuvre through the woods, only listening to the partner's voice. The sighted one cannot touch the blindfolded one at any time, but may only speak.

It's a neat experience in learning to walk by faith. One has to trust that the person giving directions is not going to allow you to walk into a tree or low hanging branch. This is exactly the way we are to live the Christian life.

2 Corinthians 5:6-8 – So we are always confident, even though we know that as long as we live in these bodies we are not at home with the Lord. That is why we live by believing and not by seeing. Yes, we are fully confident and we would rather be away from these bodies, for then we will be at home with the Lord. (CEV)

In many respects, life is like walking with a blindfold on. We never know what's in front of us. There may be a low-hanging branch or a rock or maybe even a cliff. None of us knows what tomorrow brings, what disappointments will come our way, or when death may be knocking at our door! But one of the greatest truths in the Bible is that God is all-knowing.

Living by faith is saying to God, "I do not know what tomorrow or even the next moment will bring, but I know You do! Which way do You want me to go?" It is like being the one with the blindfold on the trust walk. He must listen very closely to the person leading him so that he can avoid the obstacles in his path. We see once again that listening is a key to walking by faith.

Let us ask God to speak to us today in regard to any area of our lives that we need to turn over to Him. Let us listen for His guidance. Let us spend some time asking God to use each of us as a source of joy to someone today.

Prayer: Father, help us to live more by belief than sight, and to rely on You to guide us in charting the courses set before us in our daily lives. Also, help us to avoid the obstacles that will cause us to fall down. Amen.

About the author:

Simon MacInnis
Woodstock, New Brunswick, Canada

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