Reflections on Blindness


I want to have a candid conversation for just a minute. 

As I’m getting older, I am faced with the hard reality that my time is growing short.  Of course, I have no idea if I shall live to be 45, 72 or perhaps into my 80’s…my days are numbered and ordered by My Savior.  I don’t KNOW how much time I have.  And, in the face of that?  I want to use my time wisely! 

So?  Let’s cut to the point….

On my morning commute to school with kiddos a couple of weeks ago, one of my passengers commented that there was a broken playground slide ahead in an area beside the highway.

“A broken children's playground slide?” I questioned, “What’s broken on it?” 

As we sped by it, I was tempted to stop.  I couldn’t believe my eyes.  It was a straight sloped slide with the bottom half of the slide missing…yes…MISSING!!!  I was speechless.  I haven’t even shared the worst of it.  Slides are a hard thing to come by in PNG.  Local parks and/or trails are practically nonexistent here.  At schools there can be some playground equipment, but it typically looks shabby and not well maintained.  I wasn’t surprised to see then that the slide was a part of the equipment at a school…..however?  It was at the BLIND school. 

Let that sink in.

One second…

Two seconds…

Three seconds…

Ack.  In my hasty, reactive personality, I thought to myself, “That principal should be fired!  WHY is that piece of equipment still sitting there?  WHY is it even accessible to those children who are unaware of their certain danger?” 

While MOST of us have vision to SEE that the slide is broken and can choose to avoid it, that is not necessarily the case for someone who is blind.  And then?

As quick as a spear, I was shot to the heart with a metaphor.  Life is LIKE THAT.  We are headed forward towards eternity, and we THINK it will be a happy ending, when in reality?  That will NOT be everyone’s story!  We MUST have put our faith, hope and trust in JESUS!!! 

Friends?  What have YOU done with Jesus? 

At the bottom of the slide, HIS arms are waiting, IF you’ve accepted Him into your life and heart as Savior and have asked for forgiveness for your sins. 

And if you haven’t?  There is no time like TODAY!!!

A common Children’s Nursery Rhyme says:

Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall.

Humpty Dumpty had a great fall,

And all the king’s horses and all the king’s men,

Couldn’t put Humpty together again.

Humpty Dumpty THOUGHT that it would be fun to sit on the wall.  He THOUGHT it would hold no eternal consequences or ramifications….BUT at the end of the day?  Humpty Dumpty’s decision and its consequences were irreversible. 

YOU have been given today.  YOU have got a chance to change your course if it needs to be.  And?  If it doesn’t?  I will look forward to SEEING you on the other side…maybe in days, maybe in years, but for eternity!