Date: Monday, November 4
Scripture: John 9:24-34
Verse: He answered, “I do not know whether he is a sinner. One thing I do know, that though I was blind, now I see.” (John 9:25)
I heard recently about a trend in upscale restaurants where one eats completely in the dark. Apparently you order either the meat, seafood, or vegetarian platter, having no idea what it will include. The inability to see what you are eating is said to heighten your other senses, allowing you to taste the food more fully. Certainly our sight may affect how we view the food we are eating, but this may be going to an extreme.
Of all the stories they could have told about Jesus, the Gospel writers all seemed to enjoy telling stories where Jesus gave sight to the blind. I imagine they could identify with those stories, as they too, through Jesus, had their vision changed. The image continues to resonate with us today. We identify with the healing of this man in John 9 every time we sing “Amazing Grace” – “was blind, but now I see.” We understand something of how Jesus allows us to see things we hadn’t seen previously. It is as if our eyes are opened afresh.
The vision Jesus gives us allows us to follow his way, whether we have physical sight or not. We begin to see God moving in the world around us. We begin to notice those in need physically, spiritually, and emotionally. In short, Jesus gives us a vision of God’s Kingdom, and we begin to notice how the world around us falls short.
I don’t think I’ll be going to one of those restaurants to eat in the dark. I have stubbed my toe in the middle of the night enough times to know I want the lights on. Thanks be to God who through Jesus Christ has turned the lights on in my life so I might see his way and follow in it.
Prayer: Lord Jesus, thank you for restoring my sight to see the world as you see it. Amen.
Action: Spend some time in the dark this evening.
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