For 51 years, Bob Edens was blind. He couldn’t see a thing. His world was a black hall of sounds and smells.
He felt his way through five decades of darkness. And then, he could see. A skilled surgeon performed a complicated operation and, for the first time, Bob Edens had sight. He found it overwhelming.
“I never would have dreamed that yellow is so… yellow,” he exclaimed. “I don’t have the words. I am amazed by yellow. But red is my favorite color. I just can’t believe red. I can see the shape of the moon — and I like nothing better than seeing a jet plane flying across the sky leaving a vapor trail. And of course, sunrises and sunsets. And at night I look at the stars in the sky and the flashing light. You could never know how wonderful everything is.” (Max Lucado, God Came Near, Multnomah Press, 1987, p. 13.)
So often in our lives we fail to see the beauty around us. We may have sight, but our sight is limited in the way we view the world we live in. We see things from our own perspective and fail to see a larger world around us. We get so wrapped up in ourselves that we are blinded to what can be. Jesus, our God calls us to be more than that. He calls us to be a people who are not afraid to open our eyes.
We live in a wonderful community here in Highland. It is a safe community where we have the freedom to walk day or night and not have to worry about being hurt. We live in a community where people respect one another and are supportive to one another.
But so often we get so comfortable in this safe community that we are blinded to the happenings of a larger world. Let us learn to be a people who embrace the larger world around us. Let us learn to open our eyes to the needs of folks beyond our comfortable surroundings.
Jesus and His followers reached out to people beyond themselves. Jesus opened the eyes of His disciples and Jesus is calling us to open our eyes and see a much larger world that is in need of His love.
God bless you,
Pastor Chris Hill, senior pastor
Evangelical United Church of Christ