Blinded?


Did you ever find yourself driving into the sun and finding yourself momentarily blinded, unable to feel comfortable that your car was headed straight and worried that you might be veering off in the wrong direction?

My friend, life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I’m Mark Brunner.

Did you ever find yourself driving into the sun and finding yourself momentarily blinded, unable to feel comfortable that your car was headed straight and worried that you might be veering off in the wrong direction?

I remember driving into the sun one day without the benefit of my sunglasses. I tried to keep the visor positioned low enough on the windshield to block out the morning sun. This worked for the most part until I found myself turning directly into the path of a blind- ing, morning sunrise. I lifted my hand in front of my eyes to shield against the brilliant sunlight. But all I could see through my tightly closed fingers was glare. My goal had been to find the freeway ramp that I knew was just ahead. Instead found myself on a country road headed in the wrong direction. Blinded by the light, I had made the decision to turn too quickly. The freeway ramp was still waiting for me some fifty yards or so down the road.

Dan Crawford (1870-1926) spent most of his adult life serving as a missionary in Africa. When it was time to return home to Britain, Crawford described to an old Bantu the kind of world he was about to return to. He told him about ships that ran under the water, on the water, and even those that flew above the water. He described English houses with all of their conveniences, such as running water and electric lights. Then Crawford waited for the old African to register his amazement. “Is that all, Mr. Crawford?” the aged man asked. “Yes, I think it is,” Crawford replied. Very slowly and very gravely, the old Bantu said, “Well, Mr. Crawford, you know, that to be better off is not to be better.” (W. Wiersbe, The Wycliffe Handbook of Preaching & Preachers, p. 188.)

When we allow ourselves to be affected by our own importance, it is like driving into the sun without sunglasses. You may go along pretty well for a while but a time will come when you will be blinded by the light. Driving into the sun is like driving into success. If you don’t put on the glasses of humility, you can easily be blinded and lose your sense of direction. If success turns your head, you’re probably looking in the wrong direction.

"Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own" (Matt 6:34)

We pray. Lord, sometimes good things, even great things happen to us. We win something, advance somewhere, achieve something or find ourself suddenly praised for something. Our pride easily takes over at this juncture. We feel fulfilled, even blessed and smile inwardly that we achieved or accomplished something because we were good or best. Forgive us Father when we strut around in pride lacking all humility, blinded by our own inability or unwillingness to see where all good things DO come from; they come from You our Lord God Heavenly Father. Thank you Father for giving us opportunities to excel. Remind us by Your Word that all things are gifts from You and that Your mercy is everlasting. In Jesus name we pray. Amen!

May this passing day honor our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and be a blessing to you and everyone you meet. Find a stranger and say hello. Don't let another day pass without your day blessing someone else.

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