Friday, December 22, 2017

The Blindspot, The Cane & Christmas


Jesus then said, “I came into the world to bring everything into the clear light of day, making all the distinctions clear, so that those who have never seen will see, and those who have made a great pretense of seeing will be exposed as blind.” 
Some Pharisees overheard him and said, “Does that mean you’re calling us blind?”
Jesus said, “If you were really blind, you would be blameless, but since you claim to see everything so well, you’re accountable for every fault and failure.”  
John 9: 39-41 MSG

I was driving my daughter to school one cold December morning. We were at a stop sign and about to turn left onto a the highway. I looked left and saw a car coming that was going to turn right, I looked right and saw nothing, I looked left again and the car that was turning right had slowed down so I knew I hadn't misjudged that and I began to turn out onto the highway. 
Suddenly in front of my car was a car that was turning left off of the highway and onto the street we were turning out from! I was about to hit it! 
Because the sun was not yet up above the mountains, and our headlights were on, I couldn't see the driver in the car I almost hit. But I slammed on my breaks and realized that I had to keep going because I was now blocking that car's path. I waved, embarrassed, and thanked God above that He had sent His angels to guard over us.

The blindspot.

I had told my husband before that my car has this one particular blindspot which is up to the right of the windshield. It drives me crazy when I'm trying to turn left onto a busy road and even has given me trouble when I'm turning right and there are pedestrians crossing. 
I know where my blindspot is. I know it's a hazard. So why do I forget to be cautious?
My daughter is legally blind. But, she's had the same vision her entire life, really...so most people can't tell she's blind until she runs into something or falls off of something. She walks with a white cane, but she doesn't LIKE to walk with her cane. Her cane is big, intrusive and "just one more thing to carry."
But her white cane keeps her safe...So why would we ever leave it behind?
The fact of the matter is, we forget to check our blindspots and we forget to bring our canes because we WANT LIFE TO BE EASIER.

We wish we didn't HAVE a blindspot.
We wish we didn't NEED a cane.

We wish we didn't need PT, OT and speech. We wish we didn't need all three blood pressure medications. We wish we could just drop our kid off at the party and leave, but we don't get to as parents of kids with special needs. We wish we could just cover our kid up and kiss her good night, but instead it's eye drops, deep compression massage, and helping her brush her teeth even though she's thirteen.

But, as we read in John 9 (the whole chapter revolves around Jesus restoring sight to a man who has been blind since birth), we who HAVE these blindspots (weaknesses) in our lives and RECOGNIZE them are able to be saved by Jesus.

WE WHO SEE OUR NEED FOR SAVING WILL BE SAVED.

We get ourselves into trouble when we FORGET to check out blindspots. We get ourselves into trouble when we NEGLECT the truth about our weaknesses and how ever-present they are.

But we have this holiday approaching called Christmas, and this holiday changed EVERYTHING about our blindspots and our weaknesses. The Creator of the Universe; the Almighty God, He put on flesh and weakness and walked among us. He became a helpless baby, a clumsy kid, a rough and tumble teen so that HE could KNOW what it felt like to be flawed, tempted, hurt, crushed, exhausted, disappointed, and completely rejected.

Rejoice, rejoice...God is with us...Immanuel.

Pray: Heavenly Father, thank you! Thank you for my weaknesses because they keep me closer to you. Thank you for my sicknesses which show others your greatness. Thank you for your love, thank you for your Son, thank you for Christmas. I do not understand your love for me, but I am forever in awe of it. Amen.

~Tammie Hefty

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