Eye Opening Experience

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 When he had said this, he spat on the ground, made mud with the saliva, anointed the blind man’s eyes with the mud, and said to him, ‘Go, wash in the pool of Siloam’. So he went away, washed, and came back seeing.”

-John 9:6-7

My life was a mess about fifteen years ago.  My wife had left me and my mother had just passed after a battle with cancer and the company I worked for was shutting its doors for good. 

It was a pretty dark time for me.  I had moved from New York to Florida to stay with a family member for a little while until I was able to start to get my life back on track.  I was living in a small rural town about a forty-five-minute drive to Tampa, where I had found work.  I was in a financial bind at the time as well, and one day my car broke down at work which the mechanic deemed unfixable.  With no prospect of work in the rural town where I lived and a new job that I loved too far out of the way.  I had a decision to make.

Thinking back to that time in my life I remember Hagar’s story found in Genesis.  Hagar was driven out of her home by Sarah and forced to be homeless in the wilderness with her young son Hagar.  Abraham had sent them out with a flask of water, which was now empty.  Hagar and Ishmael reached the point where they were staring down death.  Hagar, broken hearted, placed her young son under a bush and went off a little way, because she couldn’t bear to watch him die. She wailed in pain and agony.  God, in his compassion opened Hagar’s eyes so that she saw the well that was in front of her the whole time.

God is like that.  Letting us work towards our goal on our own until we are at the point where we can’t hang on much longer.  That’s when he changes our perspective, opens our eyes, so that we can see the solution that has been in front of us the whole time.  We just need to trust in the infinite wisdom and compassion of our Father who loves us.

As for my story, my eyes were opened and I chose to stick with my new job, which meant being homeless for a while.  I met a coworker who gave me shelter, and in no time, I was rising through the ranks in the company, and increasing in faith and gratitude.  I saw God up close that year.  I learned firsthand how to love your neighbor and I learned the power in trusting God. 

Has God opened your eyes?  Tell us about it in the comments below!

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