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P31 Devotion, January 25, 2006

January 25, 2006
“Specks” – Part 1

Susanne Scheppmann
Co-editor of Online Devotions, Proverbs 31 Speaker Team Member

Key Verse:
John 9:25, ” .One thing I do know. I was blind but now I see!” (NIV)
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  Recently, In decided to wear a contact lens for my left eye. Just one. I needed it ton enhance my close-up vision when I read. I grew tired of scrambling to find myn reading glasses, so I decided that a mono-vision contact was the answer to myn sight problem.
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n Although now I can read without glasses, I have developed a new set ofn problems. For example, if my eye becomes too dry the plastic lens gluesn itself on to my cornea. A couple of months ago this occurred when I wasn staying at a hotel. After sitting through several conference meetings then air-conditioned rooms seemed to zap the moisture from my eye. My left eyen twitched throughout the day, but I ignored it. By the time evening came, myn contact lens had affixed itself to my eyeball. No amount of wetting solutionn seemed to be able to release me from my predicament. Finally, after muchn prayer and panic, it loosened just enough for me to peel it off. My dearn roommate said, "That’s it! I am never wearing contacts." I couldn’tn blame her.
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n Yet, I persevered with my new vision adventure. Next, a fleck of lint flewn past my lashes to crash land on the runway of plastic in my eye. Blindingn pain flashed brightly in my head. I felt like screaming, "Once I couldn see; now I am blind!" I poured an entire bottle of eye drops into my eyen in the attempt to wash away the speck.
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n This episode of momentary blindness gave me an appreciation, not only for then physical sense of sight, but for spiritual sight as well. Many timesn spiritual blindness plagues us and we are not even aware of it. For example,n in the book of Judges, Samson’s eyes were gouged out by his enemies. It wasn not until his physical eyes saw only darkness that Samson began to use hisn spiritual eyes to see his need. In this moment of deepest darkness, he calledn on God for help. God healed his spiritual blindness.”,1]
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Devotion:

  Recently, I decided to wear a contact lens for my left eye. Just one. I needed it to enhance my close-up vision when I read. I grew tired of scrambling to find my reading glasses, so I decided that a mono-vision contact was the answer to my sight problem.

Although now I can read without glasses, I have developed a new set of problems. For example, if my eye becomes too dry the plastic lens glues itself on to my cornea. A couple of months ago this occurred when I was staying at a hotel. After sitting through several conference meetings the air-conditioned rooms seemed to zap the moisture from my eye. My left eye twitched throughout the day, but I ignored it. By the time evening came, my contact lens had affixed itself to my eyeball. No amount of wetting solution seemed to be able to release me from my predicament. Finally, after much prayer and panic, it loosened just enough for me to peel it off. My dear roommate said, “That’s it! I am never wearing contacts.” I couldn’t blame her.

Yet, I persevered with my new vision adventure. Next, a fleck of lint flew past my lashes to crash land on the runway of plastic in my eye. Blinding pain flashed brightly in my head. I felt like screaming, “Once I could see; now I am blind!” I poured an entire bottle of eye drops into my eye in the attempt to wash away the speck.

This episode of momentary blindness gave me an appreciation, not only for the physical sense of sight, but for spiritual sight as well. Many times spiritual blindness plagues us and we are not even aware of it. For example, in the book of Judges, Samson’s eyes were gouged out by his enemies. It was not until his physical eyes saw only darkness that Samson began to use his spiritual eyes to see his need. In this moment of deepest darkness, he called on God for help. God healed his spiritual blindness.
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n Jesus specialized in healing the blind, both kinds-spiritual and physical. Inn John Chapter 9, Jesus gives sight to a man born blind. When questioned aboutn the physical healing the man replied, "One thing I do know I was blindn but now I see!" (John 9:25)
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n Isn’t that amazing? But wait it gets better. Now let’s look at his newn spiritual eyesight. Verses 35-38 reveal the rest of the story: "Jesusn heard that they had thrown him out, and when he found him, he said, ‘Do youn believe in the Son of Man?’
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n ‘Who is he, sir?’ the man asked. ‘Tell me so that I may believe in him.’
n Jesus said, ‘You have now seen him; in fact, he is the one speaking withn you.’
n Then the man said, ‘Lord, I believe,’ and he worshiped him." (NIV) Thisn man saw Jesus and chose to believe in Him.
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n Thankfully, Jesus came to relieve all of us from spiritual darkness. He said,n "I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk inn darkness, but will have the light of life" and "I have come inton the world as a light, so that no one who believes in me should stay inn darkness." (John 8:12; 46, NIV)
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n Although, my physical vision needs a little assistance, I do possessn spiritual vision because of Jesus. He gives sight and light to the blind.
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n So I will continue to wear my contact lens, because the benefits outweigh then occasional hazard. Specks that blow into my eye do give me temporary physicaln darkness, but I am grateful nothing can remove the Light of Jesus from myn soul. Because I know Him as my God, I can shout, "Once I was blind, butn now I see!"
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n My Prayer forn Today:
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Lord Jesus, thank You that I see true spiritual Light. I amn grateful for Your forgiveness of all my sins. Help me to continue to walk inn the Light. I ask, "Your word be a lamp to my feet and a light for myn path." (Psalm 119:105, NIV) In Your Precious Name, Amen. “,1]
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Jesus specialized in healing the blind, both kinds-spiritual and physical. In John Chapter 9, Jesus gives sight to a man born blind. When questioned about the physical healing the man replied, “One thing I do know I was blind but now I see!” (John 9:25)

Isn’t that amazing? But wait it gets better. Now let’s look at his new spiritual eyesight. Verses 35-38 reveal the rest of the story: “Jesus heard that they had thrown him out, and when he found him, he said, ‘Do you believe in the Son of Man?’

‘Who is he, sir?’ the man asked. ‘Tell me so that I may believe in him.’
Jesus said, ‘You have now seen him; in fact, he is the one speaking with you.’
Then the man said, ‘Lord, I believe,’ and he worshiped him.” (NIV) This man saw Jesus and chose to believe in Him.

Thankfully, Jesus came to relieve all of us from spiritual darkness. He said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life” and “I have come into the world as a light, so that no one who believes in me should stay in darkness.” (John 8:12; 46, NIV)

Although, my physical vision needs a little assistance, I do possess spiritual vision because of Jesus. He gives sight and light to the blind.

So I will continue to wear my contact lens, because the benefits outweigh the occasional hazard. Specks that blow into my eye do give me temporary physical darkness, but I am grateful nothing can remove the Light of Jesus from my soul. Because I know Him as my God, I can shout, “Once I was blind, but now I see!”

My Prayer for Today:
Lord Jesus, thank You that I see true spiritual Light. I am grateful for Your forgiveness of all my sins. Help me to continue to walk in the Light. I ask, “Your word be a lamp to my feet and a light for my path.” (Psalm 119:105, NIV) In Your Precious Name, Amen.
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