I’ve been enjoying mowing this summer. I used to mow lawns for people as a teenager and it was always fun when my brother let me use his riding mower. (Yes we had them way back then)
Anyway this summer I’m enjoying a zero turn mower. You can get nice and close to trees and poles and buildings barring nothing is sticking out too far to cause you havoc.
Today some caragana branches succeeded in swiping the glasses right off my face. I felt them going but couldn’t grab them in time. They were gone. I pulled back on the handles to stop moving and I started going backwards. Had I run over them? I pictured my glasses in a billion pieces under the mower. I frantically reached for the buttons, pulled up the yellow one and stopped the blades.
I shut the mower off and began to look (to hunt is a better description). I couldn’t see much at all. I was between two rows of trees, so there wasn’t much light. I searched the seat and around the motor and on the mower deck. Nothing. Were they under the mower? I thought.
I won’t even be able to drive to town, I thought. I pictured myself at the edge of the highway flagging somebody down. Then I remembered I had a phone. No I’m not like most people, I can forget I have one. I could have called someone who could see, to come and help me find them. I was down on my hands and knees feeling through the grass.
I crawled to where the trees started to attack me and I felt around some more. There was nothing. I prayed, “God please help me find my glasses.” I went back further the direction I’d come from. I felt metal and glass. There were my glasses all in one piece. The branches had propelled my glasses quite a distance from where I had stopped.
Yes, I could have done that without God’s help and maybe I did. I don’t know, but it gave me peace to ask and it made me think about a couple of things when I got back on the mower.
My first realization was what it was like not to be able to see and my second thought was what it would be like not to being able to see for a long while or forever.
That’s the way we are before we accept Jesus sacrifice for us. We just don’t know we can’t see. The Bible says Satan has blinded the eyes of non-believers. 2 Corinthians 4:3-4 (NKJV) But even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing,4 whose minds the god of this age has blinded, who do not believe, lest the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine on them.
It says there is a veil over non-believers eyes. They can not see.
2 Corinthians 3:15-16(NKJV) But even to this day, when Moses is read, a veil lies on their heart.16 Nevertheless when one turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away.
There are verses that talk about the veil being removed and about God revealing Himself to us. He is hidden from our sight (I know some would say invisible) but once we accept Him it’s amazing what people can see and experience then.
There is a story about Elisha and his servant in the Bible. Elisha could see into the realm where angels are but his servant couldn’t. Elisha said, “God open my servant’s eyes so he could see.” And then the servant saw the army of angels that was with them.
2 Kings 6:17 (NKJV) And Elisha prayed, and said, “Lord, I pray, open his eyes that he may see.” Then the Lord opened the eyes of the young man, and he saw. And behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha.
Living with the ability to see is an adventure like no other.
It was a wonderful feeling to be able to put my glasses on and see to finish my job and drive home. Not being able to see had me at a real disadvantage.