This Sabbath, I thought about how often I live my life based on sight. Do I miss a lot of what God says to me because I am not listening or living by faith?
My oldest daughter was learning about her five senses this week. I blindfolded her and let her listen to different sounds, feel different textures, smell different scents, and taste different types of flavors. She got so aggravated with each of these things because I wouldn’t let her use her eyes to help her identify the items. I quickly discovered that she uses her eyes for everything. So much that she doesn’t trust her other senses without sight.
Someone who is born blind or who loses their sight has to train their other senses to tell them what they need to know. They train their ears to hear things most people don’t notice. Their nose recognizes the smells of their surroundings. Their hands touch surfaces to guide them. And they might even enjoy tasting their food a little more than the average seeing person!
I think that God wants to train me to rely on Him rather than my own sight. As I look back over my life, many of the things God asked me to do were based on faith. In fact, a lot of things were scary, new, and uncertain. I had to rely heavily on God to show me how to accomplish the tasks He set before me. That’s probably the point. God wants to give me opportunities to learn how to rely on Him.
Just like I need to train my sense of hearing, smelling, feeling, and tasting to be more comfortable without sight, I need to work hard to train my faith in God. Faith gets stronger through experience. So the less I rely on me, the more I can rely on Him!
I would love to hear some of your “walking by faith” stories!
Until next week,