Blindness is a severe condition, and it is the deprivation of sight. I have been wearing glasses since I was a young boy, and I know that without my contact lenses or my spectacles, my vision is blurred. So you can imagine that I have great fun trying to put on my contact lenses.
In a previous post, Heartless, I shared my experience of watching a sequence of events that ended with the loss of a young life. I spent many hours together with video editors watching images from all over the world, live footage of wars, explosions, terrible accidents, and natural disasters. I watched raw images that get edited to be aired on news bulletins. Once a cameraman told me that his job was to film everything.
To be exposed to many different images that are hard to watch can have an emotional impact. Indifference sets in leading to blindness. Blindness to people’s sufferings, to hurts, to my grief and pain. As the saying goes “none more blind than he who doesn’t want to see.”
To have this kind blindness and not been able to see, it deprives us of life, and we live with a constant blind spot that takes away whatever sight of hope, life, peace and love that we around us.
This is why I believe there is a kind of blindness that we all need, which the Psalmist is praying for: “Turn away my eyes from looking at worthless things,” (Psalm 119:37 NKJV).
I am not saying that we need to ignore pain, but if the pain is all we look at, then this can become our blind spot, and it is hard to see life around us. The Psalmist prays, “And revive me in Your way.” (Psalm 119:37 NKJV).
He is aware of the need to become alive again so that we can see and walk in His way. I love that sentence “revive me in your way.” There is honesty, transparency and dependence in this prayer.
Another translation says “and give me life through your word.” (Psalm 119:37 NLT-SE), the way of the Lord is declared to us in his Word. and Jesus said, “I am the Way”. What if I, we, set our sight in Him? We may see in colours.