Have you ever experienced total darkness? It gives you a feeling of helplessness – knowledge of what it’s like to be blind and relying on others completely. .
When I was teaching drama, we’d often take a “blind walk” through the building and outside. The kids would close their eyes tightly, but some couldn’t resist peeking. They felt so much more secure when they could see what was going on. The point of the exercise is to get individuals to use their other senses when one isn’t available to them. By touching, smelling, listening and even taste testing something we can envision the things around us..
As we walked from building to outdoors, they would touch the cement sidewalk, the bricked path, through fragrant gardens, listening to the sounds of the space. When we rely on our sight alone, it’s difficult to act in faith. Were always looking for answers – ones that suit our needs. Maybe faith should be considered one of our senses. We need it to believe that which is unseen and often unknown.
Were we walking in faith or by sight?
Walking by faith is another gift from God through the Holy Spirit, who first entered us through the act of baptism. Faith is a belief in something you can’t see, hear, feel, taste or smell. So in effect everything about our salvation is a reflection of God working in and through us. Even though we can’t physically see Him, by faith we know He exists and is walking beside us through our journey.
Faith, like trust, is a word which describes complete reliance on someone or something to get us through the turmoil of this world and set us down in heaven some day. Take a blind walk, or simply close your eyes and use your other senses to determine where you are. Through faith, we have the confidence that we are never alone – even when we feel like our world is closing in on us.
God opens our eyes when we dig deeply into His Word. He strengthens us through His Holy Spirit, who inspired the words within that Bible. He is a loving Father who wants all His children to enjoy paradise. Through the only Son of God, Jesus, we have been made holy in God’s sight.
“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.” Martin Luther King, Jr.