WALKING BLINDFOLDED

Cindy JacksonBY:  Cindy Jackson

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BIBLE TEXT:  “For we walk by faith, not by sight.”   –2 Corinthians 5:7

“For I am the LORD your God who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, ‘Do not fear; I will help you.’”  –Isaiah 41:13

PERSONAL REFLECTION:  Every year that I’ve had my English students read The Miracle Worker, a play about Helen Keller, I’ve had them participate in a “trust walk.” Students are paired, with one student blindfolded and the other designated as the guide. The student who can see guides the “blind” student with verbal instructions and a light touch on the arm to help him/her navigate through the halls of the building and to complete assigned activities. Afterwards, they swap places. This is to give students a glimpse into what it feels like to lose their sense of sight and to be forced to depend on and trust other people. Needless to say, when post trust walk discussions takes place, no one expresses that they enjoy the feeling of not being able to see where they’re going, particularly if they don’t have a trustworthy guide. There have been times that I had to fill in if there were an odd number of students, and I must confess that I am the worst at trusting the person guiding me.  I’ve even cheated at times, peeking underneath my blindfold.  I most definitely like to see where I’m going.

All of life is a “trust walk.” The past six months have been a test of my faith because I can’t see the path before me; sometimes, I can’t even see the next step before me.  My plans have not been God’s plans, and I so want to “peek underneath the blindfold” and know where I’m going.  Although, I can’t see where life is taking me, I do know this one thing; I have a trustworthy Guide, One who won’t let me miss a step and fall, One who is trustworthy, One who takes hold of my right hand and tells me that I don’t have to be afraid. I’m slowly, very slowly, learning to close my eyes and grab on tightly to that strong right hand and keep walking.

PRAYER: Lord, when my times are uncertain and I can’t see where life is taking me, help me remember that You are my guide. You hold my right hand, and I don’t have to be afraid.  Help me to walk by faith in You.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Cindy has been married to Tim Jackson for 28 years and has three children: Audrey (24), Tyler (20), and Drew (18).  Cindy has been a home school mom for 20 years and has tutored other homeschool students for 19 of those years. She is now seeking what God has for her as her youngest graduates this year. Studying the Word, teaching, reading, writing, and cooking are her favorite pastimes.

 

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