…A man that is called Jesus made clay, and anointed mine eyes, and said unto me, Go to the pool of Siloam, and wash: and I went and washed, and I received sight. – John 9:11
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be blind? To live each day in darkness and not knowing what things look like? What if you did not know what the rays of the sun looked like? What if you had never seen the blue sky and fluffy white clouds floating around? Many don’t realize that we have all been there . . . spiritually anyway. I know for many years I was blind and could not see.
This morning, as I read through John chapter 9, the familiar story of Jesus healing the blind man struck me. I have read this story time and time again, but this morning it really spoke to me. I used to live in complete darkness. I really held no concept of what light was.
Almost everything that God’s Word says is wrong, I did not see anything wrong with it. I didn’t understand what grace meant. I didn’t understand that at the end of my journey laid a fiery pit of destruction. The lights were off, covering that part of my future.
On February 1, 1995, a gleam of light made its way onto my pathway. My now pastor’s wife showed me verses that allowed Jesus to anoint my eyes with the spittle of clay he made (John 9:6) and through prayer and an open heart, my heart was cleansed (the pool of Siloam washed away the mud and the blindness – John 9:7).
Life is amazing when the light breaks through the darkness. Suddenly, one can see the sunshine in life. The zeal of anticipation can be grasped. After a long time of darkness, and not knowing what lay ahead, eternity becomes clear and exciting. It truly causes one to rejoice! I do! I cannot wait to go to heaven to be with my Father.
I don’t believe any true born-again Christian can ever relapse into blindness, but I do believe our eye sight can become strained and tainted if we are not careful. If we seek the wrong eye doctor (the world or the devil), we will be given glasses that we do not need with a distorted lens. If we stay in God’s Word and on our knees, with a receptive and humble heart, we will keep our 20/20 vision. I know I have been guilty of believing I needed lens that I really didn’t. Praise the Lord I have a Great Physician who nudged me into the truth that my sight was blurred.
Have you allowed the Lord to place the clay upon your eyes and cleanse it at the pool of Siloam? If you haven’t, maybe it is time you consider it. The vision you will receive goes way beyond words! If you would like to know how, feel free to email me (firstname.lastname@example.org)!
Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound,
That saved a wretch like me,
I once was lost, but now I am found,
Was blind, but now I see!