In a moment of clear sight I knew that I was blind. I tried everything I knew of without success. All options extinguished and the problem was still unsolved. Unfortunately these statements apply to a good friend’s Mac, the backlog of items at work, and my ability to deliver on a myriad of commitments. I know that I have no idea of where the solution(s) my various problems is going to come from.
I do not believe my situation is in any way unique. I see parents who have no solution to their relationships with kids or each other. I find kids wandering alone in life, wondering whom they can trust or talk to. I see peers grabble with basic challenges, struggling to accept and deal with the daily junk that crosses in front of their paths. The breath of the problem extends to all parts of life; we are unsure of how to relate to God, who we can trust, and what is a reasonable next step in virtually any situation. To some extent, everyone is flying blind.
It is too easy to say that people should just ask for help. “How can people call for help if they don’t know who to trust? And how can they know who to trust if they haven’t heard of the One who can be trusted?” (Romans 10.14) If no one is willing to provide insight or direction, especially without strings or an agenda, how will anything ever be resolved?
There is a way out. Let me suggest the following (for myself and anyone else!):
1. We are all in this together. Nobody can avoid the problems, and no one is superior when it comes to solving issues.
2. Acknowledging our challenges as well as our inability to solve them on our own is a key first step
3. Knowing that we have a shared responsibility to others is critical
4. Linking to the right power source is crucial
5. Walking by faith (in trust) is the only way out
God is the answer to our blindness.