10th August 2014

Blind Man on a Bike

“We live by faith, not by sight.”
2 Corinthians 5:7 (NIV UK)

You probably know the famous hymn It Is Well With My Soul. One of the lines is “Lord haste the day when my faith shall be sight.”

That might sound a bit awkward to our modern ears, but it makes an important point. Recently, I heard a remarkable story that fits well with this idea.

When Daniel Kish was a baby, he suffered from a rare cancer. To save his life surgeons found it necessary to remove his eyes. Daniel grew up totally blind, but that didn’t slow him down. Today, he pedals his mountain bike through streets heavy with traffic, climbs trees, and camps out by himself deep within the wilderness. And on top of that, he cooks!

Daniel has learned to “see” the world by using what is known as echo-location. As he goes about his day, he makes clicking sounds. As those clicks bounce back, Daniel is able to create a mental image of his surroundings. He uses his ears as his eyes, similar to the way bats do.

This is an amazing example of what a human being can accomplish, especially when something very important is missing.

This made me think about the gift of faith. As a believer, you probably take the fact that you have faith for granted. It is easy to forget that many people do not live their lives with faith in God. Faith opens our mind to aspects of existence, which are otherwise invisible.

And without faith it is impossible for us to become all that God has created us to be. As Hebrews reminds us, “The fundamental fact of existence is that this trust in God, this faith, is the firm foundation under everything that makes life worth living. It’s our handle on what we can’t see” (Hebrews 11:1 The Message).

I look forward to the day when Christ opens the eyes of the spiritually blind, and as that old hymn reminds us, our faith will become our sight.

Mighty God, we seek to walk closer with you, and that is only possible by faith. We ask for greater faith, confirmed belief, which will help keep us walking closer with you, and to you. In Jesus’ name we pray.

Study by Joseph Tkach


About the Author:
Joseph Tkach is the President of Grace Communion International (the Denominational name of The Worldwide Church of God UK), and resides in California, USA.

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