Over 25 years ago, I was told that I was going blind. Treatments and surgeries have slowed the onset of visual impairment over the years, yet the lack of sight is evidently growing, and it has become more apparent lately.
Slowly, over the years, I have been learning to cope with the gradual loss of vision. At one point, it came to giving up driving. Early in my life, I began writing pieces like this (by hand), but in my later years, over age 60, I was able to continue to do this when I learned to use a computer, because the writing comes out with a large enough font for me to see. It really helps to have what I am looking at illuminated by a bright light.
John 9:25b – One thing I do know, that though I was blind, now I see. (NRSV)
All of these changes have a parallel in the spiritual realm. As I have matured in Christ, I have been able to "see" how the things of God can be enlarged to our limited human vision with help from above. God gives us an epiphany of great things that are lacking in the human soul.
John 8:12 – Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, "I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life." (NRSV)
Jesus, the Light of the world, shines through the heart, mind, and soul, dark and impaired, to restore them to wholeness in Him. Ruined souls who turn to the Light from above receive saving faith in Jesus as Lord and Redeemer.
2 Corinthians 12:8-9a – Three times I appealed to the Lord about [my thorn in the flesh], that it would leave me, but he said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for [my] power is made perfect in weakness." (NRSV)
We can always take our weak spots to God in prayer. God knows us through and through, and He actually waits for us to realize that, too.
Our deficiencies are no problem to Jesus, who died for our sins. Remembering that we live by saving grace through faith in Jesus our Light, in return, we ask Him to turn our impairments into effectiveness for His kingdom. On my walks around the block using my walker for support, it always amazes me how so many reach out to receive the devotional pamphlets that I offer. Each time, I just ask the Lord which corner I should stand at, who His Light is shining on, and whose impaired spiritual vision is being restored!
I return home, rejoicing in the Lord, who is my shining Light!
Prayer: God Almighty, thank You for sending Your own Son to take away the sin of the world — the sins of each one of us as Your children. Thank You, Holy Spirit, for opening our eyes for salvation, for the help from above. Glory and honour to You: God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit! In the name of Jesus, we pray. Amen!
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