Thursday, July 26, 2012

Limited Sight Distance by Martin Wiles

I looked at the sign and immediately knew what it meant.

I don’t recall having to learn its meaning for my driver’s test, but then again it’s just one of those no-brainer signs.

Limited Sight Distance signs are usually found in the mountains where sharp curves and protruding rocks keep one from seeing what’s around the next corner. These signs warn us to slow down lest we encounter oncoming vehicles unexpectedly. 

Saul (later named Paul) had limited sight distance. What he thought he saw he didn’t, and it took a blinding light from God to clear things up. While on his way to Damascus to arrest Jesus’ followers, he suddenly encountered the risen Christ. God’s headlight blinded him causing his traveling companions to have to lead him by the hand to the city. God enlisted Ananias to restore Paul’s sight. When he laid his hands on Saul immediately, something like scales fell from Saul’s eyes, and he could see again. He got up and was baptized (Acts 9:18).

Paul’s scales were spiritual not literal, and mine normally are too. They kept him from experiencing what God had in mind for his life, but when they fell away he saw as he never had before.

Limited sight distance can be caused by a number of things such as refusing to acknowledge our sinfulness and accept God’s solution, rebelling against God’s plan for our life, tradition, ingrained customs, misplaced priorities, or failing to follow Biblical principles. But the end is the same. We fail to enjoy God’s best and run head on into life collisions. What are the scales God needs to remove from your eyes?

Prayer: Merciful Father, we ask You for wisdom to face what’s around life’s curves and that You remove the scales so we can see Your plan clearly.