Thursday, July 21, 2011

Romans 2:19

19 if you are convinced that you are a guide for the blind, a light for those who are in the dark,

I actually saw once a blind person leading another blind person. Matthew 15:14 came to mind immediately and I wondered why the man following trusted the one leading. The man in front was using a stick, so probably the second man figured someone with a stick could lead better than he could lead himself without anything to check for curbs and barriers and he probably didn't have anyone else to lead him. I imagine they'd both be a lot happier though if someone capable of seeing was leading them. 

I was also once swimming through a water-filled tunnel in complete darkness. It's hard to even find complete darkness these days, but for a moment I wasn't even sure which way was up, let alone which way was forward out of the tunnel. I was a hundred times grateful to see a light again, knowing that light was helping me escape the darkness.

A guide for the blind or a light in the darkness has a tremendous responsibility to lead in the right direction. The person following is trusting them not to leave them stranded without knowing which way to go. If someone is going to take up that responsibility, it is incredibly important not to simply point in the general direction or lead for a little ways then head off alone while the person following has no idea where they are.

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