Day 7, What is the perspective of the blind? Try watching TV out of your kneecaps

The blind (Not the blindfolded): What’s the difference?

I had a childhood friend who accidentally blinded himself in the right eye when he 10. It was a fluky thing that would make you cringe if you heard the details. But still having good vision in his left eye, he was able to adapt and get along just fine. I met him a year or so after it happened, and never knew the difference until he shared it with me.

I found the idea of blindness intriguing and would ask him about it on occasion. I wanted to know what it felt like, but he’d always give the same answer. Waving a hand in front of his right eye, he’d say, “man, I can’t see out of this eye, that’s all I can tell you.” He did that every time until one day I provoked him. Using his mom’s umbrella as a cane, I closed my eyes, tapped the pointy end back and forth along the floor, and pretended to be blind. I know it sounds horrible, but we were 12 year old boys. He looked at me sarcastically and said yep–that’s it, Kevin!

He knew I was teasing him, but I insisted that is wasn’t far from the truth (as if i knew concretely from this). He said “okay, what exactly do you mean?” I said “well, I think being blind is like being in darkness, like being in a cave, what else could it be?” He stopped me and said “Kevin, your wrong. It’s not like closing your eyes or being in a cave at all. When you close a perfectly good set of eyes, you still see.”

He said, “even if you close them as tight as you can and blindfold them 10 times, you’re still going to see SOMETHING.” I thought he was kidding, so I persisted! He finally said “okay think of it like this… If you had no eyes, what would you see? Or better yet, try watching TV out of your kneecaps and then tell me what you see.”

At first it didn’t sink in – I said “what are you talking about?” He said “trying to see from a totally blind eye is like trying to see out of your kneecap – you don’t see anything, including darkness. I see NOTHING with my blind eye but you see darkness with your closed eyes. There is a difference.” That was it for me – exactly the kind of insight I knew he had, but wouldn’t give without a push – and I have never forgotten it!

He was as normal as any other kid, but he knew something extra, and his perspective was incredibly mature. He could FULLY comprehend blindness without being fully blind. That is amazing and rare! Yet it is exactly what God has called us to do.

1 Corinthians 9:22-23
22 To the weak I became weak, to win the weak. I have become all things to all men so that by all possible means I might save some. 23 I do all this for the sake of the gospel, that I may share in its blessings.

Not so easy! We naturally interact with people based on our view rather than God’s. The world bends our perspective out of shape so quickly that it remains unfit to guide us. For example, I recently had someone mischaracterize my actions based on tidbits of information, and it was very painful! The world tells me I have a “right” to defend myself, and that may be true; but God tells me to do what is “right” above what I have a “right” to do!

This is a fresh wound for me personally and I want to set it straight right now. But if my entire aim is focused on defending my character, then the spiritual needs of my accuser get lost in the shadow of my pride. There is nowhere else to go with the relationship, except to end it. And that kind of attitude could literally keep hidden the difference between eternal life and death for that person. That’s a BIG deal to our God!

If we can just remember my friend’s lesson that blind people see nothing, it will recalibrate our compass so we can love them humbly from ground up. That often means quietly forgiving and being mature enough to patiently love them – above their immaturity. It gives pause to our emotion and allows God to work slowly and deeply. We pause, God begins, we pray, God mends. I’m convinced this is the secret to both lasting forgiveness and missionary success. Meeting people where they are IS comprehending their blindness without being fully blind.

Are we truly attempting to meet people where they are, or just making assumptions?

Scriptures relevant for today:

Acts 26:18
“To open their eyes and turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan to God, so that they may receive forgiveness of sins and a place among those who are sanctified by faith in me.”

Isaiah 59:10
2Corinthians 4:4

Prayer for humility toward the blind:

Father thank you for your revelation, we humbly address you today as King, Lord, Provider, and the Light of men. You are welcome here Father – welcome in our hearts – please come Holy Spirit and crush us under the weight of your presence. Draw from us the rich metal that you began with and burn away the dross that sticks like tar from the dirty roads we’ve walked. Today we seek your face above all – give us more of you. Break our hearts for the lost and blind who have no eyes to see you. You are the lamp to our feet and light to our path. Come Lord and overcome the darkness that plays with our heart and tranquilizes our faith. We Praise you in the name of Jesus, Amen.

On a personal note:

We are well today and rejoice in God’s favor, mercy and grace. Though we are learning to live one day at a time, we are now able to physically see God’s hand holding us in place. We have the richness of clarity and benefit of course correction. We dare never to put our hope in anything but Him. And when this is in order, He certainly uses His people as today we’ve have witnessed it! Matthew 6:33 is not a suggestion but the only way He desires for us to live. I praise Him that we are learning this now and witnessing His word manifest itself.

The road turns ahead and makes it impossible for us to see how long this will last, but we can find encouragement in the Word and in the friends God has given us for eternity. We have a good report that God has taken care of our immediate needs and a few long term needs. We are eternally grateful to Him and the willing vessels that He has used. This has been a time of deferred hope and our hearts have been sick. But once we see His hand gently move, the lights brighten, the sky becomes more blue, and we know that we know!! His Word is TRUE.

My wife went to a women’s meeting at church Saturday and was edified by it –we received many good prayers! Our girls are doing well in the first semester of home school. We can already see signs that they are going to excel. And that is a further confirmation that we are be faithful to His will. They are the little jewels of His next generation and have no choice but to excel and become warriors. I hate to even think about what they’ll face as they walk out their faith, but they’ll be ready!

I have spent some additional time forwarding resumes and filling out online applications. My heart is bound up in writing and speaking about faith to anyone who will listen, but as of yet God has not opened a door for this work to cover our needs. He is faithful and I will follow where He leads.

Please pray for us in this endeavor. If you have signed up to receive the daily posts, I will gladly add you to my daily prayer list. We need to pray for each other.

Thanks for all of the personal email comments! But don’t forget to make comments on the blog because they help more people than just us – your words are sorely needed by many hurting people -speak your heart!!

Thank you so much for taking the time to read these posts, you are and inspiration to us!

Blessings!

Kevin

Contact me if you need prayer or encouragement: wakeupmyfaith@att.net

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About Kevin Adams

Kevin Adams is a fresh voice among today’s best Christian writers. What he’s not, however, is a pastor, theologian or pulpit preacher; he doesn’t have a church, a fan club, or a flock. He’s just a regular guy with a powerful story, and a God given gift for sharing it that will challenge the faith of even the most seasoned, veteran believers. His transparency and intentional, elevated writing style has earned him a trusted reputation across the online Christian community. His work escorts readers through his own challenging experiences of loss, betrayal and impossible odds, to just beyond the comfort level of most Christians–the place where absolute faith is required. Kevin takes a genuine approach to modern Christianity that would rather tear away empty pockets than fill them with empty promises. Yet, his story is filled with indisputable proof of our Heavenly Father’s better-than-we-can-imagine desire for each of us, and the delight He takes in our learning to rest in His arms like happy children. Kevin is the author of The Extravagant Fool: A Faith Journey That Begins Where Common Sense Ends, due for release May 6th 2014, and founding partner in a new discipleship ministry being developed around the book. He is also the founder of the Wake up My Faith blog, which has garnered a social media following of over 80,000, reflecting varied backgrounds and locales. Kevin’s life verse is Matthew 6:33 – “But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness and all these things shall be added to you”. (NKJV) And his philosophy on life can be summed up in a single thought: “Only when God becomes all that we want do we truly see that He is all we need.” –Kevin Adams 2012 Kevin is husband to Holly, his beautiful partner in faith, father to three wonderful children, and a compelling new author for Zondervan.
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14 Responses to Day 7, What is the perspective of the blind? Try watching TV out of your kneecaps

  1. Jeannette says:

    Kevin,
    This post is so relevant for today, especially what is happening in our country. What I learned from your post is that the world doesn’t know what they are doing because they are spiritually blind. Jesus said something similar on the cross. He asked God to forgive them because they didn’t know what they were doing. Knowing this has helped me especially when people say or do unkind things to me.
    I am praying for you, your wife, and children. I agree with you that we need to lift up each other in prayer!

  2. Kevin Adams says:

    Hi Jeannette, i cant express to you how encouraging it is to see your comments – thank you so much! It seems that another thing we can remember in that battle is that we are not wrestling with flesh and blood but pricipalities -kind of puts it on the enemy rather than the person we interact with. God bless you and by the way, great blog you have as well! Talk soon.

  3. Laura says:

    Wow Kevin. Powerful words and concepts. It really makes me sit here and think. Being spiritually blind is a frightening place to be. It is different from being physically blind in the natural. In context of your writing, it is imperative that we do anything and everything we can (pray, talk, listen etc.) do to help others remove the blinders from their spiritual eyes. What strikes me as the truth is that someone who is spiritually blind can not and will not be able to see the Truth. Not until it is their time to. Sad state of affairs until the knocks on their heart are answered, and the blinders are lifted. I really do hope this makes sense. It is what I want to say, but not sure the words are conveying my thoughts accurately.

    At any rate, know that your writing is appreciated – and also that my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family both now, and as the future arises. Have a wonderful day!

  4. Sam Peebles says:

    The verse in 1st Corinthians 9 is one I have often wondered about, But today the Spirit is leading me to realize that, as we are in the world but not of the world. If we want to meet those in the world we have to come to them where they are as opposed to where we are. Develop relationships, meet their needs, help them, basically show them God where they are and then allow the Spirit to do what it does best and open their hearts to Jesus. If all of us who are Christians would treat people with love and respect regardless of where they are, or how they treat us, it has to make an impact. It shows the worldly man that we truly are different by our LOVE and if they will listen to that empty space in there heart that only God can fill, they will become interested in learning the love story of Christ crucified. So, lets continue to remember that they are the ones who need what God has already done for us, the salvation of our souls!!! The Spirit is Powerful and can help us, no lead us, to take the Kingdom to those we come in contact with. Let us let that faith awaken in us and begin to see how God can use us to be all things to all those we come in contact with.

    I have to say that what I have just written is definately a tough thing, as Kevin has mentioned feelings can be hurt, bad things can be done or said, but isn’t that what Christ endured for us, not preaching to yall but to me. I must never forget that to push the Kingdom beyond where it is, requires action and a love for the lost, regardless of where they are and what they do. We also must not worry about what we have done or how we are doing it, for if a seed is planted, only God can make it grow, not us. Christ’s love works through us, if we are not loving the world, how can He.

  5. Jamie Reeder says:

    One of the kids I am working with right now is Deaf-Blind. To observe him in his mainstream Pre-K class, an adult would so obviously see the definiencies in where he is. He knocks over his drink and makes a mess, because he can’t see where it is; he bumps into classmates because he can’t see or hear them nearby. And his concept of the world is vastly different from ours; it is limited only to what he has experienced directly. Adults can be patient when working with him because we understand that he is blind and has minimal hearing. We forgive him when he gets mad and throws a fit of frustration. We have a different perspective and we can see all the things he can’t.

    But it is another thing entirely when we are faced with hurts brought on by others. Our sense of perspective is lost. When friends say or do things that hurt , we have to remember that they, too, may be stumbling around doing things because they really don’t know. They lash out thinking they understand but they really do not see at all. Just as I can see innocent the mistakes that student of mine is making and love him even though I have to go clean up his mess, perhaps Jesus sees us the same way.

    ALL of us. Because the darkness gets hold of me just like the next guy. Its only by the grace of God that I’m not just as lost as he is. So when someone I trusted lashes out and hurts me, I do need to see them like a blnd person and love them in spite of their mess ups. And I pray that when my moments of darkness come — when I veer off course without my flashlight — my brothers and sisters will love me in spite of myself, and reach out their hands and bring me back to the One who can give me back my sight.

    You are in our prayers here, Kevin.

    • Kevin Adams says:

      Keep those comments coming – it is obvious that you have the gained wisdom from life experiences that we can all benefit from – sincerely! Thanks for your email and continued support! I look forward to reading when I know you have been here. Blessings Jamie! & Thank you so much!

  6. Great blog Kevin,
    I understand your pain and pray that God will continue to bless you as you seek to walk by faith, not by sight! Faith is our spiritual eyes as expressed in Hebrews 1:1
    Hebrews 11:1-3
    Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. For by it the elders obtained a good testimony. By faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that the things which are seen were not made of things which are visible.

    I was a successful technology specialist for 1 of the largest banks in the US. I created business software for them at the corporate level. I set my own agenda and worked independently on projects with others at my disposal. I was making over 6 figures a year and winning rewards. But I was miserable. My health was deteriorating, I was over weight and continually under allot of stress. Not so much due to my work as my relationship with God. I had left my first love.

    Unlike you, I was not devastated by the economy crash. But rather, I chose to leave it all behind and moved to the mountains of Northeast Georgia over the course of time. I started a small home remodeling business which I run to this date to meet my needs and those of my family.

    Since then, I have recommitted my life to Jesus and started my blog about the last days. This was God’s calling on my life and I love it immensely. I lost weight, have not seen a doctor in years, have no medical insurance but Jesus is my Great Physician. =)

    You see, the main thing about this economy crash is that it is just 1 of the many, many prophecies about Jesus soon return! We are living on the very edge of this world system and the birth of the Tribulation and Millenium. I believe that God is preparing us (true Christians) for the Rapture.

    So why am I sharing this? Because there is no greater comfort for hurting children of God then the fact that Jesus is about to reclaim this world for the glory of God. This world system is about to be replaced with the Kingdom of Heaven on earth! And that fact alone is the source of our joy and strength in these last (“perilous”) days:

    1 Thessalonians 4:16-18
    For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord. Therefore comfort one another with these words.

    Lift up your head and rejoice, our redemption draws nigh! =)

    May God richly bless you for all you do for His kingdom!

    Paul Paradise
    ATimeToChoose.com

    • Kevin Adams says:

      Paul, thank you for taking the time to encourage me and tell me about your own story. I’m glad that you have made it though to the peace Jesus gives and praise God for restoring you to good health! I agree that there are clear signs we need to keep our lamps filled with oil. God bless you my friend. Please come back and comment as you are able. You words are needed!! Blessings!

  7. Jenny says:

    Wonderful post, Kevin! Your words have challenged and convicted me about how I interact with those around me who are spiritually blind.

    Thank you so much for your faithfulness to write what God is doing through this difficult time in your life. No doubt you will touch many lives! I cannot even imagine what you are going through, but I will keep you & your family in my prayers. In the meantime, please continue to write and I will continue to read!

    • Kevin Adams says:

      Jenny you are so kind! Thank you for taking time to read and comment. Your words are very uplifting to me. And I covet your prayers – we need every last one – so thank for that as well! By all means please come back as you are able. I hope the posts can to bring like minded people together. Blessings!

  8. anewcreation says:

    Hi Kevin,

    I am new to your blog and am glad to have come across it. The illustration of your childhood friend’s partial blindness is very poignant to the idea you are trying to express and you put it so beautifully, it is easy to understand.

    You are right in saying that when we are hurt or wronged, we must not feel resentment or hold a grudge, but think of how the other person will be blessed spiritually if to a harsh word or action, we react with compassion and love. It is even harder to be Christ-like when the person who hurts us is not spiritually blind and you expect better from them. This is an area I personally struggle with, but I think it is in these cases that God can really bless us and transform us from the inside out when if let go of our pride and are more concerned with the other person’s spiritual growth.

    I have just read “Redeeming love” by Francine Rivers over the summer holidays. It is a beautiful fiction book all about unconditional love which has the power to redeem another person stuck in a bottomless pit of pain and despair. I want to learn to offer a love like that to another person. I am trusting that with God, I will get there!

    Thank you for letting me comment on your blog.

    Mercedes

    • Kevin Adams says:

      Thank you so much Mercedes – I can tell from your words that you have the tender heart of Christ in your encouragement. I think you are spot on about the diffculty involved with one who should know better. It seems all the more unfair, but you are right. We have to bless others even if it means we have are crying when doing it! Thanks my friend – please come back as you are able – your words are a source of strength. Blessings!

  9. Megan Davis says:

    wow, a great reminder that you can’t know humility without truth and you find truth through humility. Praise our Lord and teacher, Jesus! Thanks you Kevin, be blessed.

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