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Some time ago while my family and I ate lunch at a local restaurant, I saw a blind man being seated with his party.  Something struck me as I watched him make his way through the crowded room, guided only by a hand on his shoulder.  It wasn't pity on one who could not see; it was amazement at how fluidly and easily he walked.  I thought of the times I try to wander around my house with the lights out, or the times at social functions where game time requires doing something blindfolded.  Each step is tentative, and I nervously expect to bump into a chair, a door or a wall at any time.

Knowing how difficult it is to move forward not seeing what lies ahead, I began to try to understand the comfort and skill with which the blind man walked.  I realized that his confidence grew out of a long history of trusting the one guiding him.  He could step into the darkness without fear and without hesitation because he was used to placing complete trust in someone else to keep his path safe.

What a wonderful picture of Paul's words in 2nd Corinthians 5:7 - "for we walk by faith and not by sight!"  As temporal beings, we do not have the luxury of seeing what lies in our futures.  We are truly blind in a sense as we pick our way through life.  But God does not move under such restrictions.  He sees and knows exactly where we're headed and what will come our way.  If we have come to know Jesus as our Lord and Savior and have a personal relationship with Him, then He has His hand on our shoulders, and He has promised to guide our paths - if we trust Him. (Proverbs 3:5-6)  The great thing about trusting God is that, over time, His unfailing trustworthiness becomes ever more real to us.  The more we trust Him, the more He proves Himself.

I imagine someone who loses the physical ability to see later in life must undergo a difficult transition of doubt and hesitation when the world around him becomes suddenly dark and unfamiliar.  As time passes though, trust develops to the point where that one becomes satisfied that the hand on his shoulder will keep him from harm.  The Christian walk is much like that.  Initially, trusting God to take us in the direction we need to go can be difficult.  But as we learn to deny our own understanding and begin to rely on His infinite wisdom, we grow more and more at ease following the Holy Spirit's leading.

One more thing:  Occasionally, I'm sure the one guiding the blind man fails to see and avoid an obstacle in the way.  That must be expected when an imperfect human is the guide.  When God is our guide, however, we can rest in the knowledge that He will never steer us into something that He does not ultimately work out for our good and His glory. (Romans 8:28)  Isn't it awesome that the One who created the past, who has the power to change the present, who knows every detail of the future and who promised to work out everything for good is the one whose loving hand guides us through the maze of our lives?

Let me encourage us all to commit this week to seek Him, trust Him and heed His guiding hand as He directs us.

References:
Proverbs 3:5-6 - "Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths."
Romans 8:28 - "And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose."

Filed under:  Christian Faith 
posted by Scott Elliott at 9:59pm 05/25/14 :: link
Some time ago while my family and I ate lunch at a local restaurant, I saw a blind man being seated with his party.  Something struck me as I watched him make his way through the crowded room, guided only by a hand on his shoulder.  It wasn't pity on one who could not see; it was amazement at how fluidly and easily he walked.  I thought of the times I try to wander around my house with the lights out, or the times at social functions where game time requires doing something blindfolded.  Each step is tentative, and I nervously expect to bump into a chair, a door or a wall at any time.

Knowing how difficult it is to move forward not seeing what lies ahead, I began to try to understand the comfort and skill with which the blind man walked.  I realized that his confidence grew out of a long history of trusting the one guiding him.  He could step into the darkness without fear and without hesitation because he was used to placing complete trust in someone else to keep his path safe.

What a wonderful picture of Paul's words in 2nd Corinthians 5:7 - "for we walk by faith and not by sight!"  As temporal beings, we do not have the luxury of seeing what lies in our futures.  We are truly blind in a sense as we pick our way through life.  But God does not move under such restrictions.  He sees and knows exactly where we're headed and what will come our way.  If we have come to know Jesus as our Lord and Savior and have a personal relationship with Him, then He has His hand on our shoulders, and He has promised to guide our paths - if we trust Him. (Proverbs 3:5-6)  The great thing about trusting God is that, over time, His unfailing trustworthiness becomes ever more real to us.  The more we trust Him, the more He proves Himself.

I imagine someone who loses the physical ability to see later in life must undergo a difficult transition of doubt and hesitation when the world around him becomes suddenly dark and unfamiliar.  As time passes though, trust develops to the point where that one becomes satisfied that the hand on his shoulder will keep him from harm.  The Christian walk is much like that.  Initially, trusting God to take us in the direction we need to go can be difficult.  But as we learn to deny our own understanding and begin to rely on His infinite wisdom, we grow more and more at ease following the Holy Spirit's leading.

One more thing:  Occasionally, I'm sure the one guiding the blind man fails to see and avoid an obstacle in the way.  That must be expected when an imperfect human is the guide.  When God is our guide, however, we can rest in the knowledge that He will never steer us into something that He does not ultimately work out for our good and His glory. (Romans 8:28)  Isn't it awesome that the One who created the past, who has the power to change the present, who knows every detail of the future and who promised to work out everything for good is the one whose loving hand guides us through the maze of our lives?

Let me encourage us all to commit this week to seek Him, trust Him and heed His guiding hand as He directs us.

References:
Proverbs 3:5-6 - "Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths."
Romans 8:28 - "And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose."

Filed under:  Christian Faith 
posted by Scott Elliott at 9:59pm 05/25/14 :: link
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