For the past few days, God has been peeking through my mind with thoughts about blindness and sight. Helen Keller has been a part of those thoughts- in fact, one day I was led to research some of her famous quotes, and the very next day my 5th- grade son brought home instructions for a report he had to do- it was on Helen Keller. I found myself watching video clips about the infamous deaf-blind woman who defied her prognosis and accomplished the unimaginable– clips of her in adult years demonstrating how she learned to speak by putting fingers on teacher Anne Sullivan’s lips and larynx, “The Miracle Worker” fight scene where young Helen runs and rages, spitting food out, throwing silverware, rebelling against her teacher’s attempts to get her to eat properly, and the famous revelation scene where all the years of Helen’s frustrated uncontrollable fury comes to a dead halt at the well. Take a few minutes to watch this first scene:
“If you don’t correct your children, you don’t love them. If you love them, you will be quick to discipline them.” – Prov 13:24 (ERV)
Can you see the relentless love of the teacher in this harrowing scene? Can you see how desperately she desires to help her young student? Watching Helen run aimlessly, raging against instruction, fighting to break free from her dark prison, immediately reminded me of my own 29-year self-imposed prison- the difference being I could see. At least I thought I could- I did have physical sight. As it turns out, for almost three decades I walked in darkness. Aimlessly, I was throwing myself in every direction, following feelings instead of Wisdom, listening to voices I did not recognize, hoping for a light in the darkness, but stumbling over my very own feet. At that point, according to Helen Keller, I was worse off than her:
“The most pathetic person in the world is someone who has sight but has no vision.” – H.Keller
Watching Ms. Sullivan fighting right along with Helen, insisting that she follow directions and obey, never giving up on her or allowing her to give up on herself, reminded me of God and His Relentless Love for us. In the Old Testament, the Israelites continually rebelled against God despite His provision for them. They ran aimlessly after idols, though God was leading them. They complained, grumbled and fought back while God instructed them. God, however, never gave up on them- He continued to pursue them in His Infinite Love.
“the Lord disciplines those he loves, as a father the son he delights in.” – Prov 3:12b (NIV)
Though for years I personally disregarded God and His instruction, running aimlessly after my own worldly desires, God continued to pursue me- He never gave up on me! Then came my moment at the Well. Please watch the following scene:
“The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched – they must be felt with the heart.” – H.Keller
Is it possible that the things we can see with our eyes are actually distractions to the most important things for us to visualize… things like love, hope, peace, joy, even wisdom and truth? Helen Keller’s enlightenment at the Well could not have been more dramatic if her physical sight had been restored. In those moments, her eyes were opened to knowledge, understanding, and so much more. She saw things even people with sight are blind to. Seeing eyes can deceive, as things rarely are as they appear- there is always much more going on that we cannot see than what we can see. In those moments, Helen gained sight for the most important things in life- things that perhaps can only be clearly seen with our eyes closed.
As I watched the scene, I was reminded of my own “Well moment” when Christ gave me Living Water from the Well of Life, and my blind eyes were opened to Truth for the very first time.*
[Jesus said to the woman at the well,] “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” – John 4:13-14
“The Lord gives sight to the blind…” – Psalm 146:8a
Helen Keller said, “Once I knew only darkness… but a little word from the fingers of another fell into my hand that clutched at emptiness, and my heart leaped to the rapture of living.”……..
I- Nancy- say, “Once I knew only darkness, but one Word from The Lord fell upon my heart that clutched at emptiness, and I leaped to the rapture of life with Christ!”
In the time it takes to speak a word, God’s Light broke through my darkness. “I was blind, but now I see!” (John 9:25b). I think this is why when I meet with my Lord each day, I find myself “darkening” my surroundings- turning out the lights, drawing the blind, closing my eyes. He came to me in my personal darkness and I yearn to see His Light again and again!
“Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path.” – Psalm 119:105
“The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation.” – Col 1:15
“…know the mystery of God, namely, Christ, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.” – Col 2:2b-3
THINGS TO COME FOR THE BELIEVER——
“For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.” – 1 Cor 13:12
It is said that when a person loses one of their senses, the others are heightened…. the person with no physical sight then hears more clearly, smells are more vivid, tastes are heightened, textures come alive. It would almost seem they become a “super” human of sorts. They would surely seem to have the “advantage” spiritually, since the spiritual realm is unseen by the naked eye. What I see with my mortal eyes in this short life on earth is but a shadow of things to come. Everything in Heaven shall be clearer, more vivid, indescribably more wonderful to behold!** Our senses will be heightened- like the blind person- only infinitely moreso! Our wisdom and knowledge will soar as we step into God’s Glorious Presence in Heaven- our eyes will see as they have never seen before- and our Joy shall last forever!!!
“But only the redeemed will walk there, and those the Lord has rescued will return. They will enter Zion with singing; everlasting joy will crown their heads. Gladness and joy will overtake them, and sorrow and sighing will flee away.” – Isa 35:9b-10
“…there will be heard once more the sounds of joy and gladness, the voices of bride and bridegroom, and the voices of those who bring thank offerings to the house of the Lord, saying, ‘Give thanks to the Lord Almighty, for the Lord is good; his love endures forever.’” – Jer 33:10b-11a
*See “The Question That Changed My Life Forever”
**For those desiring to read a heaven experience, I would like to recommend the book, “Within Heaven’s Gates,” by Rebecca Springer. In it, Ms. Springer describes how her deathly illness led her to the Place where she experienced the unimaginable.
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