Dear Friends, we pray you had a memorable Resurrection Sunday. Thank you for joining us for my Author Reflection, “Once we were Blind.”
People Around Us
We have so many unique people around us. Occasionally, I like to pause to discover the reason why God has brought certain individuals or encounters into my life. Often, we are impacted deeply by personal relationships. Other times, our lives are touched so slightly, that we miss the value of those quiet people who would otherwise pass us by if we didn’t look closely. We need to ask ourselves, what does God want me to see in this individual? My friend Roger is a recent example of God’s handiwork in my circle of believer friends.
A Blind Man
Not long ago, Roger joined our church, and I had the privilege of introducing him to everyone throughout the week. He could’ve done this himself, except Roger was blind, and he needed someone in our community to literally lead him around. With his hand on my shoulder, we covered a lot of ground.
Glaucoma had gone untreated for many months, and Roger’s blindness was debilitating for him, as it would be for anyone, but more so for Roger since he’s a professional artist. He has painted amazing murals and startling scenery from his imagination. Though he couldn’t see any longer, he’d recently come to Christ. In a way, he was seeing for the first time, and we talked often about this contrast. At sixty-five years old, he was rejoicing over his salvation, but mourning his blindness at the same time.
Meeting People Anew
A few weeks after welcoming Roger into our assembly, he received his much-needed eye surgeries, first on one eye, then a week later, the other eye. When he returned to church, about three weeks later, I realized Roger didn’t know any of the people I’d introduced him to previously. We were all rejoicing with him over his newfound eyesight, but he even backed away from some people.
It was then I realized that with Roger’s new sense of sight, he needed to meet people all over again, now as a man who could see whom he was meeting. It became a joke between us as he would ask me privately, “Now, this Bob guy—did I meet him? He doesn’t look familiar!”
As much as we rejoice that Roger can see again, we can’t escape the spiritual parallels to his experiences. Once we were blind—we were all blind, until God opened our eyes to see our need for Christ, and how we can’t rescue ourselves from sin. But more specifically, when we come to Christ, and He opens our eyes spiritually, we begin to see the world with fresh eyes. Our relationships are viewed with renewed vision, because once we were blind, but now we see all kinds of new perspectives.
Like Roger, may Christ in your life provide for you just the right lenses you need to see the special people around you. God has placed them beside you and me for a reason. Do you have someone around you whose presence shouts of God’s handiwork? Let them know! 🙂
See you on the next page,
You can find other Author Reflections by David Telbat on this page. And because of tax season upon us, you might enjoy this little lighthearted story from our archives, “Tax Season and Bad Hair Days.”
THANKS: This past week, Kara of “The Fiction with Faith Daily” online newspaper featured David’s short story, “Get Serious about the Bible”! You can read it in her paper here. Thank you, Kara!
NEWS: We are excited to tell you that David’s Futuristic Chronicle, Called To Gobi, is about to come out in Paperback! Streetlight Graphics is working on the cover this week. Watch for that news in the next couple of weeks!
Prayer Prompt: Pray for the girls in Nigeria recently abducted by Boko Haram terrorists, as well as for many girls from past years still being held against their will. [You can read a sad story here.]
COMING UP: Join us next time for another of D.I. Telbat’s Christian short stories, “Windowsill Christian.”