by Deanne Baum
As we travel along on our life journey, are we aware of the need to recognize our blind spots?
Recently I saw a car accident on the way home from work. It happened so incredibly fast. My car was a small distance from the busy intersection, but the loud smashing sound of the two cars involved in the high-speed collision was still big and frightening. It emotionally affected me the rest of my journey home.
Shaken, the scene kept replaying over and over in my head. The damage to the vehicles from such an impact left me in a very somber frame of mind. The drivers would definitely arrive home late that night … if at all.
More recently, there have been two occasions where a vehicle traveling alongside of me and slightly ahead, suddenly swerved, edging into my lane, but at the last-minute violently swerved back into their own lane. The drivers of both incidents realized they had not checked their blind spots, where my car was. My car is small and not easily seen unless a person deliberately looks over their shoulder before changing lanes.
Both times I felt the sudden surge of adrenaline shoot through my veins. Heart racing and pulse bounding. Then I felt the relief and release of noradrenaline to counter the effects of the sick feeling from the body’s “fight or flight” response. Danger averted.
Managing my own blind spot first
As part of our instruction when learning to drive, novices are taught to check the blind spot when changing lanes. It’s the space we cannot see unless we physically turn our heads to look. If we don’t do this we are engaging in risky behavior, inviting possibly injury and perhaps death.
Similarly, we all have spiritual blind spots. We need to learn what to do with them, so that we and others come to no harm.
It is easy to see blind spots in others, isn’t it? But should we be looking at others or ourselves? Our loving Father has all we need to get the help we need.
In Matthew 7:1-5, we are given a stern warning to address our own faults first before we can even begin to see clearly the faults of others. This warning is necessary as we humans tend to focus on others before looking at ourselves. Possibly thinking we are not like them in our faults, but we may be fooling ourselves.
Don’t be blindsided
Whenever I hear anything about blindness I immediately think about scriptures relating to the Pharisees. These men were blind when it came to their own spiritual states. They often thought they knew it all and relied on their own self-worth based on the traditions of men.
They were full of pride, lust and were hypocritical in the way they lived their lives. What is even worse is that they prevented others from having a relationship with Jesus Christ. No wonder Christ berated them in Matthew 23, when He repeatedly pronounced woe to them and called them blind guides.
In order to see ourselves clearly, we need to go to God on our knees in prayer and ask Him to show us our blind spots, our secret faults, just like David did in Psalm 19:12. It simply won’t be any use to see ourselves for what we truly are, unless we do something about it.
Don’t be like the man in James 1:22-24, who takes a look at himself in the mirror and sees his outward appearance and is satisfied with that then goes on his way. He is described as “forgetful of who he was”.(NKJV) Is that what we want to be like? If we read verse 25, we gain the understanding of what we should be doing to be blessed – to have eyes to see who we really are by applying God’s law in our lives.
Words of inspiration from our elder brother Jesus Christ
Witnessing that accident and near misses were good reminders for me to be sober. To be watchful of my state and to address my own faults, as this is necessary to arrive safely in the Kingdom of God. We have been given every opportunity to correct our vision. When we go before our Lord and Master to prayerfully ask for help to see our faults and sins to repent.
Our eyes and ears are the gateways to our minds. God is fully invested in each and every one of us. He wants to help us get to that beautiful destination He so lovingly and perfectly planned.
Let’s all learn from our blind spots and the possible danger as we travel along the narrow path of this journey of life. Bearing in mind what our elder brother Jesus Christ tells us, “But blessed are your eyes for they see, and your ears for they hear; for assuredly, I say to you that many prophets and righteous men desired to see what you see, and did not see it, and to hear what you hear, and did not hear it”. (Matthew 13:16-17 NKJV)