It’s that familiar feeling you hate. Confused, off-balance, skewed. Understanding, while searched for, can’t be found. People postulate, speculate, and hypothesize. Yet every answer comes up hollow. The situation defies sound explanations.
Like having smoke in the eyes, we grope and guess our away around.
Some spend their whole lives blind. Each glance is nothing but a snapshot of darkness. Reality is left to only that which is heard with the ears or felt through the limbs. No glare from the setting sun, no warmth from the passing smile, no anticipation of the approaching visitor.
This is how Man Born Blind from the ninth chapter of John’s Gospel had spent his life—sitting in his own personal darkness. Begging upon the mercy of others. Barely surviving on the persuasion of his tongue. Having no hope that tomorrow will be any different than today.
What Man Born Blind couldn’t see was the disregard, the scorn, and the contempt of those who passed by. He missed those who swerved to the other side, so as not to be detected. He missed the glances of judgment of the prosperous who despised him for his inability to work. He missed the startled stares of children who were more frightened by his condition than he was.
Man Born Blind can neither see his own true condition or that of others. A man, defined by all with just one word: “blind.”
Blind men don’t realize what other men see. Or when they’ve been truly seen.
“And Jesus passed by, he saw a man which was blind from his birth” (John 9:1). Did he know the words spoken of the One who looked upon him, “Arise, shine; for your light has come, and the glory of the LORD has risen upon you. For behold, darkness will cover the earth and deep darkness the peoples; but the LORD will ruse upon you and His glory will appear upon you” (Isaiah 60:1-2) “I will lead the blind by a way they do not know, in paths they do not know I will guide them, I will make darkness into light before them and rugged places into plains. These are the things I will do, and I will not leave them undone” (Isaiah 42:16). Had anyone told Man Born Blind of Whose shadow now laid upon him?
Like Man Born Blind, when we are in darkness we often grope, and guess, and ultimately forget that God may be using this moment to fulfill a plan of His thought of in ages past. We forget that God can and does use all things to display the might of His worth.
“[Jesus] spat on the ground, and made clay of the spittle, and applied the clay to [Man Born Blind] eyes, and said ‘Go, wash in the pool of Siloam’ (which is translated, ‘Sent’)” (John 9:6-7).
Did Man Born Blind know that the One who spat upon the ground had spoken every inch of the earth into being? Did he know the fingers spreading the clay upon his eyes had at one time shaped the first man into existence? Could he have possibly guessed that the Creator of all was once again speaking “Let there be light?”
And there was light. “So he went away and washed, and came back seeing” (John 9:7). Man Born Blind was now Man Lives Seeing. Recreated. No longer begging for mercy. No longer barely surviving. His eyes were opened and with them he could behold what the others were missing.
His eyes were opened. Are yours? Are you blind or seeing?
We’re all born blind. Until the shadow of Jesus—the Light of the World—passes by us, we will all sit in our own spiritual darkness. No understanding. No awareness of what life is like with eyes opened to goodness, truth, and the beautiful works of God.
Blind eyes are never opened for no good purpose. “Jesus said to him, ‘You have both seen Him and He is the one who is talking with you.’ And [Man Born Blind] said, ‘Lord, I believe.’ And he worshiped Him” (John 9:37-38).
Eyes are opened to enjoy relationship with Jesus—Let Jesus talk with you. Come back to Him. Relationship with Jesus always ends in worship—Let His words lead you to worship. Behold Him.
Are you confused? Is your judgment clouded? No idea why this or that is happening and you just feel stuck, sitting and begging for someone to help you make sense of what has become of your life? I’ve had this happen in big and small ways. I’ve been spiritually blind—unable to see, and by God’s mercy, He sent me washing. There have also been times that I’ve chosen to close my eyes. I just haven’t wanted to see—the light was too penetrating, the glare was too bright, or the reality was too sobering. It’s times like these that I have to go back to Jesus. I need Him speak the truth—with open eyes, my ears can understand Him. I don’t need friends to give me good opinions—I need Jesus to give me truth so that I can live with eyes wide open to His love, His mercy, and His grace.
How about you? Don’t sit begging. Let Jesus send you washing. Let Him light up your darkness. See and live.
“I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened, so that you will know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, and what is the surpassing greatness of His power toward us who believe. These are in accordance with the working of the strength of His might.” Ephesians 1:18-19