What a frightening, helpless feeling it must be to be blind. Or to even not be totally blind but just have greatly impaired vision. I have been thinking about it today because I just got home from getting new glasses. I hate getting new glasses! That is, I hate the first part when I have to pick out frames. How can I pick out new frames when I can't tell what I look like with those clear plastic lenses in the frames? This used to be a huge problem for me! I would have to totally depend on the advice of someone else to pick out my new glasses. Then when I got them back with the new lenses and could see for myself what they looked like on me ....I might or might NOT like them! So....this time I took my digital camera with me. My daughter had a day off from work and went with me and took pictures of me with different glasses frames on and then I was able to put my current specs on and pick out which ones I liked. Neat! And today I went to a place that was able to make my glasses with progressive lenses in only 2 hours! We went and had a nice lunch, shopped at the Christian bookstore and came back and picked up my new glasses. The lab tech took the frames and shaped and "tweaked" them so they would fit my ears and nose just right. While sitting there without any glasses and looking at how blurry everything was, I thought about how awful it would be if I didn't have glasses! It would be so bad to not be able to read anything....near or far off.....as I have to have correction for both! I feel like a little kid with a sack of candy with these new glasses! The old ones were so scratched up I could hardly read at all any more. I should have done this months ago!
As I thought about vision problems and how fortunate I am to be able to have mine corrected with eyeglasses, my mind turned to one of the men who Jesus healed of blindness. What a great gift He gave him! The gift of physical sight! The man himself said in John 9: 25, "..one thing I know, that whereas I was blind, now I see." This would seem like a happy ending even if the story stopped there....but there's more to it! A few verses later Jesus heard that there were people that were ridiculing and doubting the man who had been healed. Jesus went and found him ( He still comes looking for us!) and asked if he believed on the Son of God. The man said, "Who is he, Lord, that I might believe on him?" "And Jesus said unto him, Thou hast both seen him, and it is he that talketh with thee. And he said, Lord, I believe. And he worshipped him." (John 9: 36-38)
For this man to be given physical sight after he had been blind from birth was a huge blessing! But to be given spiritual sight and salvation just a little while later was probably blessing beyond expression! Can't you just imagine him telling his children and his grandchildren about the day when Jesus passed by and his life was changed forever!
I'm so glad that I have my physical vision.....I hope I never take it for granted. But I'm so much more happy and blessed to have been given spiritual sight when Jesus passed my way one day almost thirty years ago and saved my soul. As Christians we should be careful to also do what this man in John did after Jesus saved him...the verse says, "And he worshipped Him." I want to worship the One who has given me my sight....two-fold....physical and spiritual.
"O come, let us worship and bow down: let us kneel before the LORD our maker." Psalm 95: 6