One-a-Day...for the Heart: Blind Spot
I was driving ever-so-cautiously and doing very well while a monitor in my car was tracking speed and skill, then relaying it to my insurance company. It was an attempt to lower the monthly insurance payment by proving that I was an above-average driver. As I smoothly and carefully merged onto an interstate…BAM!!!—a car came out of nowhere and side-swiped my vehicle! I slammed on the brakes, and thus ended the chapter on How to Lower Your Car Insurance Rates by Safe-Driving.
I had looked in my side and rearview mirrors to be sure there were no cars approaching. In fact, I looked multiple times, checking and rechecking the traffic situation. Where did that car come from? Forget the fact that the driver just kept going, as I reeled in shock and fear, and finally gained control of my car. I truly did not see the car coming. It was in my blind spot. That’s an area around a vehicle that the driver cannot observe through the use of mirrors or cameras, without turning his head and therefore taking his eyes off the road. Almost all vehicles have at least one blind spot. Mine did.
Most people have at least one blind spot, too. A blind spot is something that is covered or hidden from sight. In life, it refers to an area of knowledge or understanding that we do not have, or that we pay no attention to. For example, Joe has a blind spot about jazz music, he can’t see anything good about it. Maybe Joe likes other genres of music, but he doesn’t know or want to know, about jazz.
We can have blind spots about our shortcomings or character flaws. It is often hardest to see our own weaknesses and foibles because we are blind to them. Being in a close relationship with a trusted friend or spouse is one of God’s ways to reveal blind spots in our character. Truth spoken in love can help us mature in Christ, and when coupled with an understanding of the Word, even the most cantankerous, stubborn saint can be changed into the image of Christ.
We can have a blind spot in our ability to “see” and understand spiritual things, too. Elisha, in 2 Kings 6:15-17, prayed that the Lord would open the eyes of his servant to see a hillside of horses and chariots of fire that God had positioned around them in the unseen world, as they faced a great enemy army. Here’s the account: When the servant of the man of God got up early the next morning and went outside, there were troops, horses, and chariots everywhere. "Oh, sir, what will we do now?" the young man cried to Elisha. "Don't be afraid!" Elisha told him. "For there are more on our side than on theirs!" Then Elisha prayed, "O Lord, open his eyes and let him see!" The Lord opened the young man's eyes, and when he looked up, he saw that the hillside around Elisha was filled with horses and chariots of fire.
The Apostle Paul prayed, in Ephesians 1:18 (NKJV) that the eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints. He knew the same thing Elisha knew—that seeing and understanding things through the eyes and understanding of the Lord changes everything!
Open our eyes today, Lord, and let us see that which the natural eye cannot see!
© 2021, Chris Werre