Girlfriends in God - Sept. 22, 2006


Legally Blind
Gwen Smith


Today's Truth

“…One thing I do know.  I was blind but now I see!” (John 9:25b NIV)


Friend to Friend

When we were little, my older sister Elise was declared as legally blind.  She was the first kid in our family of seven to get glasses. To this day, when Elise wakes up in the morning, she needs to put her glasses on to see the clock at her bedside, because the bright red numbers are too blurry.  My sister can see.  She just can’t see with a clarity that allows her to operate safely and accurately without corrective vision.


What does that mean in her life?  Well, for one thing, she is not permitted to drive without her glasses or contacts. She also needs her glasses to read and write.  It is recommended that she wear her corrective lenses anytime she is awake.


I don’t have any trouble with my eyes, but there are many times when I need help seeing.  One of my favorite hymns sings like this:


Be Thou my vision, O Lord of my heart 

Naught be all else to me, save that Thou art

Thou my best thought, by day or by night

Waking or sleeping, Thy presence my light


            Be Thou my wisdom, and Thou my true Word

I ever with Thee and Thou with me, Lord

Thou my great Father, I Thy true Son

Thou in me dwelling, and I with Thee one


High King of heaven, my victory won

May I reach heaven’s joys, bright heaven’s Sun!

Heart of my own heart, whatever be fall

Still be my vision, O Ruler of all!


What a challenging lyric!  The author of this song is asking God to be his eyes, to be with him throughout the day and night, to grant him wisdom, to be his perfect Father…to give him perfect, Godly vision.  Spiritually speaking, on this earth there is not one of us with ‘perfect vision.’  The Bible says in Romans 3:23 “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” None of us measure up to God’s perfect standard.  We couldn’t even see below the first letter on the ‘heavenly eye chart!!’  We are all sinners.


The Bible also says in Romans 6:23 “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”  Romans 5:8 shares the hope of Christ by telling us: “But God demonstrates His own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”   To receive forgiveness, we must confess. 


Romans 10:9, 10 states that “if you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.  For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved.” 


Just like my sister needs glasses to see, we all need the Lord Jesus Christ to give us forgiveness, clear vision, hope, direction and wisdom in life.  Have you asked Him to be your vision?  Have you confessed with your mouth that you are not perfect and believed in your heart that Jesus is the risen Son of God? 


If you have never done that, I would urge you to pray this simple prayer in your heart right now:  “Dear Jesus, I know that I am a sinner and have done wrong in my life.  I believe that you are the risen Son of God and that you came to die so that I could be forgiven.  Lord, please forgive me.  Please come into my heart and my life.  In Jesus’ name, I pray.  Amen.” 


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Let's Pray

Dear Lord, would you please be my vision today?  Please help me to see as Yu see, so I can clearly understand what You would like to accomplish in my life?  Let all that I do and say be in line with Your perfect will for me.  In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.


Now it's Your Turn

  • Ask God to show you HIS vision for your life.  Seek His direction and wisdom for your future and the future of those you love.


  • Write down three areas of your life that need prayer and clarity.


  • Call a girlfriend and ask her to pray for your three areas and to hold you accountable to keeping the vision.
  • Read John chapter one

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The most important decision you will ever make is when you choose to surrender your life to God.  Don’t waste another minute, my friend.  Come to Him.  Step out of the darkness.  Turn from that pain and hopelessness that has become a familiar companion.  He is waiting just for you!


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Originally published Friday, 22 September 2006.