Living Blindfolded

Norman Vincent Peale wrote, “Suppose a man should blindfold himself, and go on a walking tour of the Alps. He might come to the end of his blindfolded tour with the triumphant exclamation, ‘Look at the pitfalls I missed, the crevasse after crevasse which I avoided:’

Yes, of course, that would be quite a feat, but consider, also, the splendor which he failed to see – snow-capped peaks in the mystery of lingering sunset or bathed in the silvery light of the moon, the mists lifting like gossamer veils from noble summits, the far-flung vistas of great, dizzy valleys, the glint of sifted sunshine on laughing mountain streams – all this he would not see, its glory and exaltation he would not feel.”

In Mark 8:18, Jesus spoke of those who “Having eyes, do not see. And having ears, do not listen.”

The Living Bible paraphrases this, “Your eyes are to see with – why don’t you look? Why don’t you open your ears and listen?”

Helen Keller revealed, “I asked a friend who had just returned from a long walk in the woods what she had observed. ‘Nothing in particular,’ she said.

How is that possible, I asked myself? I, who cannot hear or see, find hundreds of things to interest me through mere touch. I feel the delicate symmetry of a leaf. I pass my hands lovingly about the rough shaggy bark of a pine. Occasionally, if I am very fortunate, I place my hand gently on a small tree and feel the happy quiver of a bird in full song.”

A crabby old grouch, who constantly complained and criticized, refusing to see the good in anything or anyone, prophesied great calamities to his friends.

One day, he was predicting to a disgusted listener that bad times were coming soon. He asked, “And what would you say, my friend, if in a short time the rivers all dried up?”

Weary of his attitude, the listener responded, “I’d say, Go thou and do likewise!”

Pastor David Arnold
Gulf Coast Worship Center

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