Guide Us

August 2, 2017

 I have been blind since I turned 16. My parents and my friends have tried to teach me how to go left and right without seeing, but I have shrugged them off – I consistently resisted their help.

 

When I felt their touch, I pulled away as if I had touched a hot stove. I was repulsed by the idea that I would need guidance for the rest of my life.

 

I could do this myself.

 

I was bruised and cut from the many mistakes I had made without accepting assistance but eventually I would do this. I would survive.

 

One day I was presented with a guide dog. I thought, ‘this will be nice’ and as I stroked his soft fur. This will make me look good and will keep me safe. I sat through many, many lessons as the wise attempted to teach me how to listen. The ones who could see taught the ones who couldn’t. They didn’t talk down to me – they spoke directly to my weaknesses and assured me that this dog would make my life full and complete.

 

After I completed the final class, I took my dog home - but in my defiant spirit I continued the path I was on. I stepped around him. I tried to walk in front of him, to somehow prove that I could be on my own. I would stop on the street corner, listen for cars, my dog would nuzzle his head against my knee; warning me to stop; warning me that something I couldn’t hear was approaching. When I heard no cars, I stepped over him. I stepped into the street. I was hit. My bones were shattered.

 

This is how we interact with the Holy Spirit. We have been trained and brought up to hear His voice and yet we ignore him. We feel his nudge to go this way or that way – and we purposely step over His guidance. We are blind and have been given the best guide – but we don’t listen.

 

{To hear more on this topic, listen to Paula’s message from August 2nd, 2017}

 

 

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