Discussing Healthy Blindness in not about Jesus’ words in Matthew! He said, If your eye causes you to stumble, pluck it out. And now that your mind is at ease we can ask, Is there a healthy form of blindness? And that question implies the existence of unhealthy blindness. Both forms exist! And knowing what they are will help you live a better life!
Healthy Blindness: Ancient Examples
Scripture is rich in metaphor. And that is the arena for examining blindness. But we are not restricted to Biblical metaphors about poor sight. There are plenty of cultural examples. And the image here is just one proof of that!
Blindness in Scripture is often a reference to sin. As such it denotes separation from God. We see this in a verse we quote and print every Christmas season. Isaiah contrasted the darkness of the people with the Light of the world Who would be born to save. But that part of Isaiah’s writing is not our focus.
We need to see Isaiah’s own blindness. His record of his unhealthy blindness is contrasted, side by side, with his healthy blindness. And that is helpful to all of us – if we are not too blind to see it!
Seeing Yet Not Seeing
Isaiah’s life-changing moment is recorded in Isaiah 6. It’s a favorite passage to many and I am one of them. It has so much to teach us. And no matter how often I visit it there is always something else to see and apply.
One thing we learn is blindness is unavoidable. And if that’s true then we must be diligent about choosing our blindness! Look at Isaiah’s vision:
In the year of King Uzziah’s death I saw the Lord sitting on a throne, lofty and exalted, with the train of His robe filling the temple.
What Isaiah beheld was something to which he had been previously blind. Think about that. Before this moment he was looking at himself. And no doubt he was OK with what he saw. But that all changed when He saw the LORD sitting on the throne of eternity. And here is the proof:
Then I said, “Woe is me, for I am ruined! Because I am a man of unclean lips, and I live among a people of unclean lips; for my eyes have seen the King, the LORD of hosts.”
So here is where we leave it today. My vision will be focused somewhere. And where I focus it will make me blind to other things. If I am focused on me then I am blind to things of the Kingdom. If I am focused on the Kingdom then I will be blind to self-concern and self-absorption. And the lesson is to be like Isaiah and choose your blindness wisely!
Soli Deo Gloria!