I have mentioned before that Duchess, Mom’s ‘petite little flower’, is nearly blind. One eye is completely dark and the other is quite dim. When we go out at night, I shine my flashlight on the path so that she can see. If we give her a treat, she moves her head side to side trying to see what is in our hand. Sometimes more light helps but we usually push the morsel closer to her nose so that she can smell it. It is obvious that her loss of sight bothers her and we do everything that we can to help her. Should the day come when she is completely blind, we will lead her anywhere she wants to go. For years, she took care of us and for years we will take care of her.
I can’t imagine what it must be like to lose the gift of sight but I suppose it’s happening to me little by little. I now wear two pairs of glasses at the same time when I read and write because I can’t see and can’t really afford expensive new glasses. It’s my problem, not anyone else’s and I work around it the best that I can because I want to see. Duchess wants to see too but glasses wouldn’t help.
Matthew 13:13 (NET)
For this reason I speak to them in parables: Although they see they do not see, and although they hear they do not hear nor do they understand.
What some people see and hear never reaches their understanding and without understanding they lack appreciation, inspiration and motivation. You could shine a bright light on their path and they still couldn’t find their way home because their mind and heart is dulled yet they think they’ve got it all figured out.
Matthew 13:16-17 (NET)
16 “But your eyes are blessed because they see, and your ears because they hear.
17 For I tell you the truth, many prophets and righteous people longed to see what you see but did not see it, and to hear what you hear but did not hear it.
In this life, some will see and hear clearly and know the truth. Oftimes trying to convince those who don’t is impossible. They can see but they can’t ‘see’.
Luke 17:20-21 (NET)
20 Now at one point the Pharisees asked Jesus when the kingdom of God was coming, so he answered, “The kingdom of God is not coming with signs to be observed,
21 nor will they say, ‘Look, here it is!’ or ‘There!’ For indeed, the kingdom of God is in your midst.”
The Pharisees could not see that the Kingdom of God, the love of the Father, the fullness of His greatness was in their midst. Pharisees today are equally as blind and they still attack those who ‘see’. Pharisees today don’t know they are Pharisees. They think they are Christians or believers or pick your favorite spiritual label.
Revelation 1:7 (NET)
Look, he is coming with the clouds and every eye will see him…
If the Jesus doesn’t return first, one day the Duchess will cross the Rainbow Bridge and on that day she will see with new eyes. My biological unit will cease to function and on that day I will clearly see and appreciate all that God has prepared for me and what a day that will be!
1 Corinthians 2:9
But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.
1 Corinthians 13:12
For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.
Behold now the kingdom! See with new eyes!
I can picture Annie and Ruger and Jazz waiting for Duchess as she crosses the Rainbow Bridge. Imagine how happy she will be to see them with new eyes.