“When a man or woman has a spiritual awakening, the most important meaning of it is that s/he has now become able to do, feel, and believe that which s/he could not do before on his/her unaided strength and resources alone. S/He has been granted a gift which amounts to a new state of consciousness and being. S/He has been set on a path which tells him/her s/he is really going somewhere, that life is not a dead end, not something to be endured or mastered. In a very real sense s/he has been transformed, because s/he has laid hold of a source of strength which s/he had hitherto denied him or herself”–Bill Wilson.
Some of my favorite stories in the Bible are the ones where blind people are given their sight. I have never been deprived of one of my senses, so I cannot imagine life without them. But the ways I picture in my head what people’s faces must look like when they are seeing for the first time is almost magical.
(Maybe you have seen the YouTube videos of deaf people being able to hear through new technologies; it is amazing to watch the grateful and emotional reactions.)
When the Apostle Paul (while still known as Saul) has his conversion experience, he is blind for three days. After that, something falls off of his eyes and he can see again. There is a person who is born blind that Jesus heals and now that person can see for the first time.
When our eyes our opened, amazing things occur.
I am color blind. That does not mean I see things in black and white, but I have trouble distinguishing certain colors. I have a striped shirt that is gray and dark green and for the first couple of years that I owned that shirt I thought the green stripes were actually black!
I look at fields of flowers and I notice green and two or three different colors. I have been told that there are dozens of shades and brilliant colors present that I just cannot distinguish. I imagine that if I ever could, the sight would be breathtaking.
There is something about having our eyes opened that amazes, thrills, and changes us.
If we continue in our journey, our eyes will be opened. And we will see some amazing things.
We see that we are not walking this journey alone. We are on a path that many others have already walked to forge a path for us. And many are currently walking this same path so that if we falter, they can pick us up (while we are able to do the same for them).
We see that we are not the ones in control of our lives. We have the responsibility of making decisions. We have the responsibility of restoring broken relationships. But we are not creator or sustainer. We are not in charge. We are able to follow and trust in God; a Power greater than ourselves.
We see that our path has not come to an end. I have met many people who would not embark on the journey because they thought their lives were over. No matter where you are, you can get up and move forward. A friend of mine used to say, “If you want to finally reach bottom, then drop your shovel and quit digging.”
We see that we can keep walking, keep journeying, and we don’t necessarily need to know the destination; only that we are on the journey.
May we all continue to have our eyes opened.