You probably know
the famous hymn It Is Well With My Soul.
One of the lines is “Lord haste the day when my faith shall
That might sound a
bit awkward to our modern ears, but it makes an important point. Recently, I
heard a remarkable story that fits well with this idea.
When Daniel Kish was a baby, he suffered from a rare cancer. To
save his life surgeons found it necessary to remove his eyes. Daniel grew up
totally blind, but that didn’t slow him down. Today, he pedals his mountain bike through streets heavy with
traffic, climbs trees, and camps out by himself deep within the wilderness. And
on top of that, he cooks!
has learned to “see” the world by using what is known as echolocation. As he goes about his day, he makes
clicking sounds. As those clicks bounce back, Daniel is able to create a mental
image of his surroundings. He uses his ears as his eyes, similar to the way
This is an amazing
example of what a human being can accomplish, especially when something very
important is missing.
This made me think
about the gift of faith. As a believer, you probably take the fact that you
have faith for granted. It is easy to forget that many people do not
live their lives with faith in God. Faith opens our mind to aspects of
existence, which are otherwise invisible.
And without faith it is
impossible for us to become all that God has created us to be. As Hebrews
reminds us, “The fundamental fact of
existence is that this trust in God, this faith, is the firm foundation under
everything that makes life worth living. It’s our handle on what we can’t see” (Hebrews 11:1 The Message).
I look forward to
the day when Christ opens the eyes of the spiritually blind, and as that old
hymn reminds us, our faith will become our sight.
Joseph Tkach, Speaking of LIFE.