Change of Sight

A blind child,
guided by a teacher,
admires cherry blossoms.
–Kikakou

Who knows what a blind child may see of flowers?

Who knows what any of us may see from the privacy of our own blindness?

And, yes, each of us is particularly blind, just as each of us is uniquely sighted.

Consider: Each of us is blinded by what we fear. If we fear heights, we are blind to the rapture of vast panoramas. If we fear spiders, we are blind to the intricacy and delicacy of webs. If we fear alone-ness, we are blind to the possibilities of solitude and introspection. If we fear death, we are blind to opportunities to make amends and to mend brokenness. If we fear change, we are blind to the abundance of life.

To be fearful is wholly human. Thus, to be blind is unavoidable.

Even so, we are urged to overcome our blindness. To undergo a change of sight.

Scripture, in the New Testament, records at least five instances where Jesus of Nazareth heals those who suffer blindness: Mark 8:22-25; Mark 10:46-52; Matthew 20:29-34; Luke 18:35-43; John 9:1-7.

Does Jesus heal these individuals of physical blindness? Or of societal blindness? Scripture is unclear.

What seems apparent, however, is that each of the individuals whom Jesus heals undergoes a change of sight. They see for the first time. Or they see more clearly. Or they see differently.

Each one of us—regardless of the outcome of a medical eye examination—suffers varying degrees of blindness caused by learned or acquired fears. All of us—regardless of our self-claimed openness—are guilty of “seeing the speck in our neighbor’s eye, without noticing the log in our own eye” (Matthew 7:3).

Every one of us benefits from a change of sight.

To undergo a change of sight, we are encouraged, by our Creating and Re-creating God, to close our eyes that we may see and to open our eyes that we may live.

Woven into the vivid words of the Japanese poet Kikakou’s haiku is a three-role invitation:

Be the blind child admiring the blossoms that s/he cannot see.

Be the wise teacher guiding the child to a beauty they can share but cannot not experience in the same
way.

Be the innocent blossom itself, stopping both those who can see and those who cannot see.

In undergoing a change of sight, may our hearts, our minds and our spirits deepen with insight.

Beside you in the journey of faith,
Rev. Barbara