John 9:25b “ …One thing I do know. I was blind but now I see!”
I think we all are thrilled when our grasp of the obvious is working. For some of us, it’s like a visitor who only shows up once in a while or someone who leaves at a most inopportune time. Several years ago my grasp of the obvious was long gone and I had one of the most embarrassing moments in my life. Fortunately, this event took place between me and the Lord. But now I get the blessing of sharing it with you all. (:>)
I briefly worked with an organization as a traveling representative and was gone every other week. Nice hotels were provided as we traveled from city to city. On a Monday I arrived at my hotel somewhere in the south and when I entered my room I discovered the ugliest bathroom I had ever seen. It was big, barren with railings everywhere. I couldn’t believe they would have something like this and nearly went down to the front desk to insist on a room change. (I can’t tell you how embarrassing this is!)
Fortunately I just accepted it. Two days later as I was driving across the middle of nowhere, my grasp of the obvious suddenly returned. In a nano-second it struck me. As you have already likely figured out, the bathroom was designed for handicapped individuals! If I had been in a wheel chair or on crutches or simply needing assistance, this bathroom would have been exactly what I needed. What I considered ‘ugly’ would have been beautiful to the one needing it. (As I drove I thought of the Spaniard in Princess Bride and “humiliations galore!”)
The Lord really used this experience in a powerful and serious way with me. At the time we were going through some very difficult things and there were ways of addressing the difficulties that I thought were ‘ugly’ and had dismissed them. It was after this experience that I recognized that what I considered ugly – wasn’t ugly at all. They were appropriate and a blessing to assist us in our adventure. We needed them as much as we would need railings in a bathroom if we were in a wheel chair or on crutches.
Needless to say this has been a humbling experience. It has made me much more careful about drawing conclusions about what I think I see and what I think I perceive. It is too easy to miss the obvious sometimes. I thank God that while driving across the middle of nowhere, the Holy Spirit made this blind man to see!