February 12, 2009
"Brother Saul, the Lord Jesus who appeared to you on the road by which you came has sent me so that you may regain your sight and be filled with the Holy Spirit." And immediately something like scales fell from his eyes, and he regained his sight. Then he rose and was baptized. Acts 9:17b-18
I don't know if Beth Trubridge is a Christian.
I do know Beth can understand the verse that serves as the text for today's Daily Devotion.
You see, Beth has been able to only see light and shadows since she lost most of her vision at the age of 15.
Today, Beth is 87 years old.
Over the years, Beth visited a lot of doctors and all of them had said the same thing: "It's too late, nothing can be done." Then, when she was applying for a handicap sticker, a surgeon, Nick Evens, discovered and ended up removing some deep-rooted cataracts.
Today, Beth's vision is 80 percent of normal.
Understandably, Beth finds it difficult to put into words the joy she has in seeing God's world that has always been around her. Yes, she would understand Saul's story.
Centuries ago, when "something like scales" fell from" Saul's (later Paul) "eyes," he saw the new and wonderful world of forgiveness and salvation the Lord had given him. No longer filled with hatred toward the Christ and His people and no longer living under the Law, it was with a joyful heart the future apostle became a servant of the Savior.
All too often the devil, the world, and our flesh try to place something like scales over our eyes of faith. This they do to blind us to the bountiful gifts and graces the Lord so freely and faithfully bestows. When they succeed, God's family members -- the folks who should be the most thankful and joyful people on earth -- become discouraged and downhearted.
If that describes you or someone you know, let us ask the Holy Spirit to open all eyes so we may see God's handiwork in our lives.
THE PRAYER: Dear Lord Jesus, by Your life, death, and resurrection I have been given a new and wonderful life. Send Your Holy Spirit upon me so that anything that may blind me to that love may be taken away. In Your Name. Amen
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Pastor Ken Klaus
Speaker emeritus of The Lutheran Hour®
Lutheran Hour Ministries