Sight requires three things; physical ability, a willingness to see, and light. Without the presence of all three the net result for anyone is the inability to see. Regardless of the names used, darkness or blindness, sight does not occur.
When one looks at the decisions of others it is easy to conclude that they must have been blind when they made their choice. Broken relationships; how could the decision have been worth the cost now being paid? Lost hope; could anything be so terrible that one cannot accept the gift of hope God offers to each freely. Exploited or abused people; what can justify using one one’s power to gain something at another’s expense? The simple answer is that the person in each situation must have been unable or unwilling to see the cost of their choice, action, or decision. Are my choices any different?
It is easy to lose one’s way when there is nothing to mark the path. Without reference points, a map, or a guide it is a fairly simple process to become completely and totally lost. It is probably a miracle that more of us are not complete wrecks! As soon as I write this I realize how far off is my simple conclusion! We are all total wrecks, lost in our own hells. There is little we can do. It is as if we are trapped in a web of our own making. Once we get there life dumps enough additional pain, anguish, and confusion on top of us to make sure we can never leave. Is there any hope?
The answer is found in John’s description of the Jerusalem being built for God’s people. “The City doesn’t need sun or moon for light. God’s Glory is its light, the Lamb its lamp!” (Revelation 21.23) This world needs light, desperately. We have the sun, moon, and stars that fight their way through our pollution and yet I find myself often missing the brightest light. God offers us sight for our blindness, hope for our despair, and relationship for the journey.