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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: See (07/22/10)

By Lillian Rhoades


For each of us,healthy eyes hold an uncontested monopoly on our ability to see. Without them the window to the world remains closed and draped with unopened blinds.
Despite the important role our eyes play their intrinsic value lie solely in what they allow us to see externally. They have little control over the window of the mind where insight replaces eyesight and governs what we “see” with our mind's eye.
Unfortunately, most of us have better eyesight than insight as a recent news story illustrates. Bridie and Calvin* were two blind people who fell in love, married, and eventually became the pride parents of a baby girl. One day in the hospital during a breast feeding session, a nurse noticed the infant was turning blue. Apparently, unknown and unseen by Bridie her breast was covering the baby’s nostrils and depriving her of oxygen. This near fatal incident caused great concern for the baby’s welfare and after much deliberation, State and local agencies decided to place the baby in protective custody.
The potential horror of an accidental suffocation from breast feeding by a blind mother trumped all common sense solutions, and left no one looking with mind and heart for reasonable and workable solutions to keep Mom and baby together. No one except Bridie. She saw potential solutions where others saw likely problems. She also knew that no one would love her baby more than she could. With fierce maternal instincts at work, with far more insight than the sighted, and with much welcomed public outcry, after 57 days of separation Birdie and Calvin finally brought their precious, God-given bundle home.

*Not their real names.

If we really believe that love is also blind, then we can also conclude that what the eye cannot see, the mind can embrace. Conversely, what the eye can see, sometimes the mind cannot embrace. “See, but not understand, “ Jesus explains in Matthew 13:13
From His statement we can contemplate the question. Who has greater vision, the sighted or the “in sighted?” The question begs an answer. Perhaps,Bridie discovered the answer As she held her baby close, she quoted a well-known proverb:"There is none so blind as those who will not see."
With the mind’s eye, the insightful teacher sees beyond the quiet child to note fear, intimidation and self-consciousness.
At the end of the day, an insightful husband sees his wife’s tears as a smokescreen for tiredness and a need for a time out. The insightful parent recognizes persistent tummy aches at exactly 8:30 a.m. each school day as an adjustment problem rather than a medical one. An insightful, blind, new Mom sees the birth of her child as a challenging opportunity to love and raise her child rather than give it away.
Healthy eyes hold the key to what we see around us, insight unlocks the window of our mind and allows us to see what lies inside of us. In a world of conflict, political, social and economic unrest, godlessness, and selfishness, we need and value good eyesight, but even more, uncommon insight.

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Edy T Johnson 07/30/10
This is really good. I love your making connection and contrast between physical sight and genuine insight. I would like to know more about Bridie's solution for keeping her baby safe.

Actually, leaving your reader wanting more is insightful! :)
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 07/31/10
This is a well written and powerful message. I noticed a tiny typo you wrote pride instead of proud, but that is easily fixed. I really like how you brought home your points in the second half. The title is a perfect fit.
Brenda Shipman 08/01/10
I love the message of this entry! Proverbs has much to say about the discerning heart, and God's Word giving light to the eyes. Beautifully Biblical devotional.
Rachel Phelps08/04/10
This devotional has a great message. Some of the sentences felt a little long. Try reading a story out loud to feel the pacing. Overall, very well done.