Feb. 20, 2016

Impaired Vision

Sometimes faulty vision has nothing to do with the two eyeballs in the eyesockets of the skull. Not seeing clearly can have more to do with the 'eyes of the mind' than the eyes of the head. The following biblical account illustrates this point.

John 5: 1-7

1) After this there was a feast of the Jews; and Jesus went up to Jerusalem.

2) Now there is at Jerusalem by the sheep market a pool, which is called in the Hebrew tongue Bethesda, having five porches.

3) In these lay a great multitude of impotent folk, of blind, halt, withered, waiting for the moving of the water.

4) For an angel went down at a certain season into the pool, and troubled the water: whosoever then first after the troubling of the water stepped in was made whole of whatsoever disease he had.

5) And a certain man was there, which had an infirmity thirty and eight years.

6) When Jesus saw him lie, and knew that he had been now a long time in that case, he saith unto him, Wilt thou be made whole?

7) The impotent man answered him, Sir, I have no man, when the water is troubled, to put me into the pool: but while I am coming, another steppeth down before me.

How many of us are like this man? He only saw life as a series of obstacles instead of seeing life as multiple opportunities to conquer and prosper? By no means am I downplaying the severity of this man's condition. Long-term illness can have a dibilitating effect in all aspects of life: physically, mentally, socially, emotionally and economically. It is no easy matter to keep a positive outlook and expect the best to happen for you and for your family. It is not easy but it is possible.

This man's response to the question Jesus posed, "Do you want to be made whole?" gives a peek into his mindset or impaired vision. All he chose to 'see' were hurdles that he had already concluded he couldn't overcome. If he had really allowed himself to see, he would have expanded his vision. He would have realized that the cure for all of his ills was right in front of him!

So much of the time people are minimally and narrowly conditioned to only expect and believe for one method of deliverance. They can only see one way out. If the answer does not occur in the manner or the time frame they expect, they miss it. Many have blindly missed the chance to seize an outstanding opportunity that God sent their way.

Sometimes expectation can obscure the solution.

Thanks for visiting. There will be more on this topic!