“Lord, I want to see,”
This was the request of the blind beggar whom Jesus met on the road to Jericho. The Lord gave him his wish and ‘immediately he received his sight and followed Jesus, praising God.’
Although so many of us are blessed with normal sight we can still be blind in so many ways. We may fail to see the truth of God, of ourselves, of those around us and of our local situations and the international scene. That leaves us often groping in the dark and responding imperfectly to imperfectly understood circumstances and conditions.
Jesus taught that it is the truth that will set us free. (John 8:32) This should not surprise us. We trust the Lord to know the truth about us and not to judge us merely from our actions. We expect medical practitioners to discern the truth of our complaints so that they can prescribe the correct medication or treatment. We assume that our staff know what is required of them and that they will perform accordingly.
To live properly and effectively in our relationships, work, ministries and other activities we need to know as much of the truth about the situations and people involved as possible. This includes ourselves with our strengths, skills, needs and shortcomings.
Don’t make assumptions – ask the Lord to help you to see what you need to see and to respond accordingly.
Look lovingly at yourself and those near to you and see if you really know them – well enough to know who and how they really are, their strengths and gifts, and their hopes, fears and passions.
Lord please open my eyes to more of the truth about Yourself and the people and situations around me – and to myself as well. Amen.