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Meditation: The Blind Will See
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The Blind Will See

I’m trying to understand our world situation, but feel like I’m trapped in the Indian story where six blind men touch an elephant for the first time.

Each man is standing on different sides of the beast and doing their best to describe what they feel. One touches the trunk, one touches the tail, a third holds a leg and so on. The proverb ends with each man adamant he knows exactly what an elephant looks like.

The connection between this fable and our lives is that we’re the blind men proclaiming to be experts when in reality we’re likely just describing the back end of an elephant!

Near the beginning of his ministry Jesus stood up in the synagogue of his hometown Nazareth and read from the book of Isaiah, “He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind. . . .” Jesus was proclaiming fulfillment of these words in his own life and ministry. The Bible records Jesus restoring sight to the blind, but there is more to these words than physical blindness.

In John 6 Jesus challenges a large crowd to completely trust in him as their “bread of life” that comes from God. John tells us that after hearing these words, “many of his disciples (not just casual followers) turned back and no longer followed him.” Jesus then turns to the twelve disciples and asks, “You do not want to leave too, do you?” Peter speaking for the group says, “Lord to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life.”

In other words you have restored sight to a group of blind men! What the disciples had found and we can also discover today is that the more insecure life becomes the more we can find our security in Jesus.

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