I read a quote by Helen Keller this morning and it says, “To be blind is bad, but worse is to have eyes and not see”. Wow!!!! This is so true. Think about it for a moment. How many times has the truth been in your face and you have outright refused to see it?
I was thinking of people who lived without their sight everyday, Ray Charles, Stevie Wonder, Anne Sullivan, Helen Keller, Louis Braille, Clarence Carter, Ronnie Milsap, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Samson, Isaac these people may have not been able to see, but in their lifetime they were achievers and their names have gone down in history.
I am reminded of Mr. Payne he was a blind man in my neighborhood who sold peanuts for a living, it fascinated me that he knew how to differentiate a one dollar bill, from a five, ten or twenty-dollar bill, even the coins, you couldn’t fool him or cheat him, his sense of smell and touch was extra sharp. He knew you by your smell, the sound of your voice or your walk, Mr. Payne work dark-colored shades, he went to church, he always had a smile on his face and he always greeted you with Howdy do, I don’t know if Mr. Payne was blind from birth, glaucoma, head injury or whatever all I know is that Mr. Payne was blind and that didn’t stop him from being productive in his community, his disablity did not stop him, he was more determined than ever to make an impact in some ones life. Mr. Payne was musically inclined he played the harmonica and the guitar we would gather around to listen, the music was powerful, alive and sometimes sad, he was a great entertainer. He also had a seeing eye dog that guided him and protected him, if this dog didn’t know you, you would quickly know it, no one bothered Mr. Payne, he was like a celebrity in our neighborhood. You know this always puzzled me, how did Mr. Payne know how to boil the peanuts and parched them, how did he know when they were done, he lived alone, so how did he know? Mr. Payne told us children that he depended and trusted in the Lord for everything and we should too and to not take our sight for granted, I never did.
Mr. Payne was blind but that didn’t mean he couldn’t see through his other senses, when something else fails then the other senses probably kicks in and become like supernatural senses, they’re used more effectively.
Which brings me to us that have eyes and not see, we are spiritually blind, the enemy has blinded us from the truth, you are unable to grasp, perceive. To be spiritually blind is dangerous, satan is crafty and has deceived you to remain blind to the truth which is Jesus Christ. Our eyes fails us into seeing what is really going on around us. Mark 8:18 Jesus said Having eyes, see ye not? And having ears, hear ye not? And do ye not remember? The disciples were busy feeding the people that they didn’t have time to eat, someone said we only have one loaf of bread how are we going to eat? Jesus had to remind the disciples didn’t you just witnessed and don’t you remember just a few minutes ago how God blessed and fed thousands of people and you are asking me about being fed, how is it that you don’t understand the miracle that happened right before your very eyes? And right after this a blind man was brought to Jesus, guess what Jesus did? He took the blind man by the hand and led him out of the town (see Jesus had to leave the doubters and the naysayers behind) this blind man had blind faith, he allowed Jesus to lead him so that he could see, so Jesus spit in eyes (many of us thinks that this is repulsive but if you have faith you don’t care if Jesus used cow dung, you just want to be able to see) Jesus asked the man what did he see? The man replied he saw men as trees walking, Jesus put His hands on his eyes again (second touch!!!!) and made him look up and the man saw clearly. Jesus told the man don’t go into town or tell anyone in your town about what happened, just go home. This led me to believe that this man had his sight before, because if not, how would he know to say he saw men as trees walking?
Sometimes we need a second touch from Jesus in order to see clearly (my God!!).
Amazing grace how sweet the sound that saved a wretch like me,
I once was lost, but now I’m found, was blind but now I see!!!
Forever His Servant,
Robin A. Curry