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Topic: Write for the ACTION and/or ADVENTURE Genre (11/13/14)
- TITLE: Was Blind, but Now I See
By John Esposito
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I picked up Jon in Boston and we had breakfast at the local McDonalds. While we were there I saw a homeless gentleman sitting across the street in the doorway of an empty building. I told Jon that I would be right back and brought him over some breakfast. With a smile he said, “Thanks”
The trip from the parking lot to the stadium became a journey. A journey that had me watching for moving vehicles, and also watching for curbs. Carefully crossing Rt. 1 in Foxboro and carefully dodging horse droppings from the mounted police who were guarding the cross walk.
I was watching out for people blocking our way or crossing into our path. I was watching out for steps going up and stairs going down. Making sure that hands were firmly attached to the hand rails. They say it’s a straight line from point A to point B. That’s not always true and definitely not the case that day.
Walking through the stadium was another feat in its self. Everyone there was on a mission, and not a mission from God. Half of them were walking and texting. Others were running to the bathrooms before the game started. They were eating and drinking while they were walking, spilling beer and talking football.
Then there’s the adventure of the guy who you can never get around. He is so big and walking slow so that he doesn’t spill his large soda, his hot chocolate, and his order of nachos. So he doesn’t drop the pretzel in his pocket and the two hot dogs sticking out of his face. All this while he also frightens women and children with his mustard war paint.
I have to admit though as much as I was trying, I wasn’t focused either. All the food aromas that were swirling around my head got me so excited I couldn’t breath. Discussing with Jon the different food options and reading the different menus made it hard to choose something. No matter what was on the grill though, my belly was screaming for sausage and peppers. We finally got our food, ate and made our way to our seats.
Its funny out of all the football games I’ve been to, I’ve never sat in the end zone. But on this very day I would sit there and have a view of the game that I’ve never seen before. This day I will see the game from the running backs point of view. This day I will see the game from behind the offensive line. This day I will have to watch for any obstacles the defense will bring before the offense. Kind of like our walk from the car to our seats.
While we were sitting there I was trying to describe everything in the stadium the best that I could. And it was different, but fun to give the play by plays
I said to Jon, “I wish you could see all of this.”
Then he looked at me and said, “I wish you could feel the energy and the electricity that’s here right now.”
Luke 6:39 NIV says, “Can the blind lead the blind? Will they not both fall into a pit?” That day the Lord led two men around the pit and sat them together for a day of wonderful fellowship. The Lord restored my vision and my friend helped me to see. I realized that day that even though Jon is blind, I was the handicapped one for all that I take for granted.
If you have never spent the day with someone who is blind, you’re missing out. You will see life in a whole new light. The only regret that I have is not taking some dirt from the ground, mixing it with spit and placing it over his eyes.
Hey, with all that energy and electricity in the air you never know what could have happened. One thing I do know, it was truly an “Amazing Grace” “For I was blind, but now I see.” Amen.
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