Teaching A Blind Person To Trust

Robert Strand

crosswalkIt's a fascinating process to witness. She is about 18 or 19 years old. She stands at a street corner waiting for the light to change so she could cross the street. But she's afraid, she seems disoriented, she hears the cars and obviously she is afraid. THEN, it dawns...she is blind and can't see the red light making it safe to cross.

Watch her seeing eye dog pull at the harness to encourage her to follow its leading. Finally...she walks with the dog across the street BECAUSE there is a man beside her talking to her, encouraging her to trust her seeing eye dog.

If you were to follow them...you would see the same picture all over town. The blind girl, the seeing eye dog and the sighted man will be walking through parking lots, down sidewalks, crossing streets, going into a mall, across train tracks and even into restaurants.

FINALLY...it dawns! The dog is a new and it's a new experience for the blind girl. The dog knows what to do. The sighted man is along to encourage the woman to trust in her guide, a dog who will become the eyes for the blind girl. IT'S THE GIRL WHO NEEDS TO KNOW HOW TO TRUST! She is learning how to place her trust in an animal with higher senses and a greater life perspective.

We are like that! Faith is not a blind leap but a trust that is built up over time in the trust-worthiness of someone else. The Bible doesn't command faith...it tells us to "taste and see that the Lord is good." David was not taking a blind leap of faith when he faced the giant Goliath BECAUSE he knew what God would do from his past and previous experiences. The Bible says to "trust" and then to obey!

"All those gathered here will know that it is not by sword or spear that the Lord saves; for the battle is the Lord's" (I Samuel 17:47).