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Topic: Vision (08/03/06)
TITLE: Blind Sight
By Sharon Singley
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“You have narrow-vision!”
“You are wearing blinders!”
“You are following blindly!”
How many times have we heard this? It is meant as an insult, as a way of belittling our faith, calling it unsubstantiated. Because we have not physically beheld the object of our faith, they assume that we have blind faith.
Yet the mere word, faith, in definition, suggests just that! The dictionary describes faith as “Belief that does not rest on logical proof or material evidence”.
The world in all of its vast ‘wisdom’ has decided that what we believe is not logical. Some of its great minds slave to find evidence contrary to our beliefs, simply because it defies their logic.
And if it is a question of material evidence, the universe and all of its contents should suffice! Yet for some sad reason, it does not.
Ah, how the Creator must laugh. Or perhaps sigh.
But the world is right, in a twisted sort of way. We are narrow-minded, and we gladly follow blindly. And if we are to survive this world and our enemies, we must wear blinders!
When the tempest rages around us, when the darkness surrounds us, when sorrow overtakes our hearts, how can we possibly survive if we do not keep our minds, our hearts, and our eyes, fastened on our Savior? When we are healing from addictions, yet the powers of darkness (by way of the media) surround us with enticements meant to enslave us, how can we possibly walk free if we are not wearing blinders?
And as for narrow mindedness, it is a curious thing. Our minds must be narrow; after all, the path is narrow! The Word of God, The Bible, is the light to our path. We must keep our minds fixed on Christ. But, and here is the curious part, as our minds are ‘narrowed’ in on Him, they become filled with unfathomable wisdom and insights! We are therefore able to see this world and its prisoners much clearer and with much more compassion than if we were to keep our minds wide open!
In conclusion, I am compelled to quote a brother named Dallan Forgaill, who in the eighth century penned the following words, as I have read nothing written by man that so eloquently states our vision: “Be Thou my Vision, O Lord of my heart; Naught be all else to me, save that Thou art. Thou my best Thought, by day or by night, Waking or sleeping, Thy presence my light.”
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