“BLIND BUT NOW I SEE”

   I appreciate the beautiful stories that come to me by way of my e-mail.
This is such a story.

  There was a blind girl who hated herself because she was blind. She hated everyone, except her loving boyfriend. He was always there for her. She told her boyfriend, “If I could only see the world, I would marry you.”  One day, someone donated a pair of eyes to her. When the bandages came off, she was able to see everything, including her boyfriend.  He asked her, “Now that you can see the world, will you marry me?”  The girl looked at her boyfriend and saw that he was blind. The sight of his closed eyelids shocked her. She hadn’t expected that.  The thought of looking at them the rest of her life led her to refuse to marry him.    
Her boyfriend left her in tears and days later wrote a note to her saying, “Take good care of your eyes, my dear, for before they became yours, they were mine.”

  Jesus came to open the eyes of the blind.  The kinds of blindness of which He speaks are ignorance, prejudice, haughtiness. Our prayer should be, “Open our eyes that we may see glimpses of truth you have for me.”

  It is recorded in the Gospel of Luke, the 4th chapter, how Jesus went into the synagogue, as was His custom. He took the scroll and read from the 61st chapter of Isaiah these words:  “The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to preach the good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to release the oppressed, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”    After rolling up the scroll and giving it to the attendance, Jesus sat down and said, “Today this scripture is fulfilled in your hearing.”     Luke 4: 21

  When I think of blindness, I think of Aunt Maggie.  She was a blind, black women living alone in a cabin up in the hills about five miles from Johnson University.  We students would help take care of her, providing food and company.  Her favorite song was “Amazing Grace.”  We had to sing it every time we were there.
She died and was buried in an unmarked grave. The college students and others who knew her would not have it that way.  They took up a collection and bought a marker for that grave. It read:  “Aunt Maggie Widener 1870 – 1951. Inscribed at the bottom were the words:  “I was blind but now I see.”

  “Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound that saved a wretch like me.   I once was lost but now am found, was blind but now I see.”  

5 Responses to ““BLIND BUT NOW I SEE””

  1. Dear Max , Each week as I read your devotional, I think:
    ” Now this has really spoken to my heart ,again ” Sometimes we can see, but are Blind to God’s word and what He wants us to be doing for Him .
    The Bible Lesson in Sunday School was so good. Thank you for being willing to study and serve in this way.
    Love and Prayers, Joann

  2. Max, this story of the boy giving his eyes to his girl friend brought tears to my eyes, would we all be so giving. I doubt if a lot of us would, but we need to pray about what we can do to help others daily. Thanks

  3. I never wanted to go blind because of God’s WORD. There is always so much more to learn. So many are blind to God’s WORD because they do not believe it. They can’t see Jesus, so why believe. God has made himself known to me which many won’t believe. I was praying for my granddaughter to come to church on Easter Sunday. As I prayed the light over my bed came on. I examined the evidence from every angle and the light stayed on while I examined the evidence. When I decided it must be God telling me he had heard my prayer then the light went off. My granddaughter did come for church. Two days later as I took a nap on the sofa, I awoke to a light on the wall where I had gift pictures from Nigeria, Ethiopia, India and Thailand. As I wondered what was the meaning of the light, the light disappeared. My conclusion was to pray every day for those nations. Make yourself known to God and HE will make himself known to you. Don’t be blind to evidence all around you that HE is GOD.. ..

  4. Max, I can’t express to you how much I enjoyed the Sunday school lesson today. You are a very gifted teacher and the lesson this morning spoke to the very center of my being. It was very convicting. I could just listen to you all day. What a blessing it was to hear you this morning and I think it was a lesson that spoke to all of us. I appreciate all of the obvious time and effort that you put into the lesson. It just made my day! Thank you for your faithfulness.

  5. Max,
    What an uplifting message! Thank you for sharing! Your messages are so encouraging. Keep them coming!
    Most people in Jesus time rejected Him and tunred their backs on Him as John 3:19 says”this is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but men loved darkenss instead of light.” Tragically, this still happens today.
    Jesus was the light, sent by God to show us the way ouf of our spiritual darkness, as Jesus said, “I and the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walked in darkness, will have the light of life.” John 8:12.
    The mention of Aunt Maggie brings about wonderful JBC memories, as visited her many, many times. Lord bless and sustain you and yours today in every way and all the way, Norman

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