Witness For Christ
#I SAW #THE LIGHT
Updated: Dec 8, 2022
When I was a young girl, I once knew a man who was blind. He lived up the lane from us in a rural area of Madison County. He and his wife lived with their granddaughter. As a child, I thought he was a unique man because he could discern who was in a room without seeing the person come into it. I never knew how he could tell a twenty-dollar bill from a five or a one-dollar note. But he could. He adapted and learned his environment so well until those who didn't know him did not think he was a blind man. He never learned to read brails because he wasn't always blind. Because of health issues, blindness took his sight as a middle-aged man. His wife was a sanctified, Holiness woman, and she had repeatedly prayed and believed that God would save her husband. I remember going over to my friend's house to play. But when I got there, my friend was in a lot of trouble with her grandfather. She had disobeyed him by failing to complete her chores. Her grandfather had warned her three times that if she did not finish them, she would receive a spanking. On the fourth time, her grandfather insisted that she bring the belt, and he would give her a spanking. She was obedient to provide him with the belt, but no sooner than she did, she took off running throughout the house. I thought to myself; this is the most comical thing I have ever witnessed, a blind man chasing a child. She toyed with him and taunted him because she had the advantage of seeing. But then her grandfather sat down in a chair in the kitchen. He never said a word, but he listened. When she came near him, he grabbed her by the arm. She tried with everything to get out of his grip.
But she could not. Then she remembered to call on her grandmother. When she called on her, grandma came running and separated the two. Her grandmother was a sweet loving, kind lady. She knew all the things that would bring rationale to grandpa. Before long, peace was in the house again. Everyone was laughing at how foolish they all looked and sounded. If an outsider had looked in the window and seen them, they would have appeared very silly to the person. Grandpa hugged his granddaughter, and he forgave her.
I will never forget another occasion, one Sunday evening, when I went to their house. And my friend's grandpa was sitting on the front porch. He was rocking in the rocking chair, and I greeted him. He seemed different from the times I had come over to play with my friend. So, I asked him if he was alright. He told me that for the first time in his life, he was better than alright. He said once I was blind, but now I see. And once I was in darkness, but now I am in the light. Then he got up and walked inside. My friend's grandfather was physically still blind. As a child, I did not understand how a blind man could say he could see when he was still blind. Or how he could tell us that he was no longer in darkness when darkness was his whole world. But when I grew older and gave my heart to the Lord, I understood his confession of faith. I found out that he had gone to church with his wife, and he heard the Gospel of Jesus Christ preached, and he gave his heart to Him. He had become "Saved." He did see the Light and no longer lived in darkness. Do you see the light? Jesus is The Way, The Truth, And The Life (John 14:6). Jesus is the Light of the World (John 8:12).
In the New Testament of the Bible, there are numerous examples of blind people receiving healing physically. And there are examples of some who remained blind spiritually but received their sight physically. The healing of the blind of their blindness received sight physically and, importantly, spiritually. They saw the light, Jesus Christ.
Read John 9:1-12 (A Man Blind From Birth); Mark 10:46-52 (Blind Bartimaeus); Luke 18:35-43 (Blind man sitting by the roadside begging); Matthew 20:30 (Two Blind Men Received Sight); Mark 8:22-28 (The Healing of a Blind Man at Bethesda); Matthew 9:27-34 (Jesus Heals the Blind and Mute), and John 9:35-41 (Spiritual Blindness)
But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvelous light;
Which in time past were not a people, but are now the people of God: which had not obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy. (1Peter 2:9-10 KJV)