A television program preceding the Winter Olympics one year featured blind skiers being trained for downhill skiing – impossible as it sounds! Paired with sighted skiers, the blind skiers were taught on the flats, how to make right and left turns. When that was mastered, they were taken to the slalom slope, where their sighted partners skied beside them shouting, "Left!" and "Right!" As they obeyed the commands, they were able to negotiate the course and cross the finish line, depending solely on the sighted skier’s word.
The scriptures teach that the Christian walks by faith, not by sight (II Corinthians 5:7). The life of a Christian is based on faith, and this faith comes by hearing the word of Christ (Romans 10:17). The blind skiers didn't have a prayer without the word of their teachers. They had to trust and act. The word of God sometimes gives direction that is the opposite of the way we feel (our emotions) and different than the path in which our own reasoning would guide us. A faithful follower of Christ knows the results of having chosen the right path are not always immediately evident. Nevertheless we keep listening and obeying, knowing that He will lead us across the last finish line. Are you trying navigate blindly down the mountain of life? There is a better way.
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