by Sandy Kirby Quandt
Decades ago, I mixed up the cleaning solution bottle for my contact lens with the wetting solution bottle you use to put your contacts in your eye. Yep. Pretty stupid. And extremely painful.
Because my eye burned like fire from the cleaning solution, it watered excessively. Because of the excessive tears, I couldn’t get the lens out. Until I removed the lens, flushed my eye with water, and my eye stopped watering, I literally was blind in that eye, and could not see.
After I got the lens out, I called my optometrist. He had me come right in. Fortunately, his office was mere blocks away. Once I made it to his office, he put drops in my eye and covered it with a patch. Man.
Although that scary event was momentary, it seemed an eternity before I got the contact lens out, rinsed my eye with fresh water, and could eventually see out of that eye.
But there is something scarier than losing our physical sight. It is losing our spiritual sight and being blind to who God is and the grace he offers us.
People all around us every day are blind to the saving grace of God’s gift through his son Jesus Christ, and for them it truly could be an eternity of blindness and separation from God.
Maybe they have never heard the Good News of Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection. Maybe they have heard, but they are unconvinced Jesus is THE Way, THE truth, and THE life. There is no other way to the Father in heaven except through accepting Jesus Christ as King of kings and Lord of lords.
As Christians, we have a responsibility to witness to those around us of the power that can be found in trusting Jesus, and claiming him as Lord. We need to be careful we don’t become blind to our purpose, but hold fast to the Truth instead.
Because our eyes have been opened to the truth of who God is, we can share the story of God’s amazing grace to those around us with the hope their eyes will be opened as well.
Losing our eyesight is a scary thing, but losing sight of who God is, and what he has done through his grace for us is far scarier. Thank God he is the one who opens the eyes of the blind.
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“Whether he is a sinner or not, I couldn’t tell, but one thing I am sure of,” the man replied, “I used to be blind, now I can see!” John 9:25 (Phillips)
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