2015-10-03 - Now I See
"I once was lost, but now am found, Was blind, but now I see."--The Hymn "Amazing Grace" by John Newton, public domain 1779
A year ago, my wife and I adopted a rescue dog, Shiloh, from a local Humane Society shelter. Our new dog had been through a lot, in her short lifetime. She had been abandoned, had heartworms, had matted hair, was malnourished, and was blinded in both eyes by cataracts. Thanks to donations and a special eye veterinarian who did the cataract surgery at a reduced fee, Shiloh could now see in one eye. By the time we met her, she was recovering from cataract surgery, and soon, she had sight in one eye. The shelter personnel told us that before the operation, Shiloh would bump into things. She couldn't run, without making contact with the sides of her fenced enclosure. Shiloh couldn't see what she was hearing and sensing. She was not enjoying life.
After the operation, Shiloh could see and run and play, and enjoy her life again. She was a new creature. And we welcomed her into our family. Isn't it the same way for us today? We are blinded by our sins and, as a result, we cannot enjoy a full life. When we accept Jesus into our hearts, we receive His "Amazing Grace", and we are no longer blinded by our sins. We can enjoy the benefits of walking with Him; we become part of His family.
All scripture references are from the New International Version (NIV) unless otherwise noted.