A Blind Man, the Subway, and a Lesson for Us All

When I heard the true and indescribably poignant story of a young man who went blind whose friend told him he shouldn’t feel sorry for himself but instead should get on with his life and pushed him to ride his city’s subway system by himself without the ability to see, I was moved beyond measure by what transpired and knew instantly what God was trying to show me as I heard the story.

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When the blind man came to the end of his subway ride, he discovered that his friend had ridden the whole ride silently standing behind him, not disclosing to the blind man that he was right there with him all along to make sure he was safe. Tears come to my eyes as I think of this because it is one of the most powerful analogies of my walk with the Lord I have ever heard. God has impressed upon my heart that He is not teaching me to walk by faith so I can just stand in place and not move. He wants me to WALK by faith to wherever He leads me even when I cannot see where I am walking nor where He is leading me.

How often I feel like the blind man might have felt on the subway, scared, anxious, overwhelmed, wary, vulnerable, at risk, wondering how I will ever make it to where I am going. The blind man did not know his friend who had pushed him to get on with his life and to get on the subway by himself was standing right there to protect him. How often I forget in the midst of the trials of life that no matter where God is leading me, He is not sending me off on my own. He is right there with me from start to finish so long as I don’t turn away from Him and leave Him behind. Imagine how the blind man might have felt had he known his friend was right there all along. If only I would remember that blind as I feel sometimes as I am called to walk by faith and not by sight (2 Corinthians 5:17), God is with me. God is with me. God is with me!

If you have repented of your sins and believe in Jesus as Lord and have committed to follow Him, my friend, you are not walking alone. You are walking with the Lord. And though you might feel like you are alone in the subways of life, you are never alone when you walk in the presence of the Lord!

2Co 4:18  While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal. 

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