Which is harder? To be born blind or to have had sight all your life and gradually lose it? I think it’s the second of the two.
I once knew a man who had been blind from birth. Although I’m sure he had many challenges because of this, he had learned to live a very normal life. In contrast, I knew another man who was losing his sight and this gradual loss seemed to disable him in other parts of his life that had little to do with sight.
Loss of any kind is certainly hard and often takes time to adapt, but sadly, not everyone does. Some become truly disabled and begin to draw others into the hole they’ve created. How difficult it is to watch spouses, family, and friends attempting to care for loved ones who are sitting in darkness amidst a life of blessing.
If you are struggling with such a loss, you are not alone. In fact, it is part of being human. We are truly all struggling with various losses and disabilities which can prevent us from appreciating the very best God has blessed us with.
Although I too struggle at times with my losses my Christian faith reminds me of God (Philippians 2)…
6 who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, 7 but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. 8 And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.
Our Lord embraced the loss that we might gain forgiveness, life, and salvation and through His Spirit, we can see the goodness of God even though we are continually facing loss.
I am blinded by my sin, the world, and the devil, but in Christ, I can see dimly with eyes of faith the possibilities my Lord has set before me today and the hope HIs resurrection gives me that one day I will see clearly a life without loss.