July 12, 2010
. . . One thing I do know. I was blind but now I see! John 9:25b
That's impossible with three exclamation marks. I don't use that very often, but I couldn't help thinking it when I heard the National Federation of the Blind and Virginia Tech plan to demonstrate a prototype vehicle that would allow a blind person to drive a car
. . . by himself,
. . . with nobody helping,
. . . without any kind of assistance.
The two organizations have been working on such a possibility for years. Now, using various interfaces, they think the impossibility might become a reality.
And why would anybody want to make such a thing a reality? The answer is twofold: First, it would give those who are blind a freedom they do not currently enjoy. Second, it would be because people like me are prejudiced and think of impossibilities when it comes to those who are blind.
I wish them luck in their efforts and with their demonstration. If they pull it off, it will be a miracle of technology.
On the other hand, if you want to see a real miracle, you have to take a look at Jesus. The verse that is the theme for our Daily Devotion records the reaction of one blind man who encountered the Christ. Jesus offered the man no expensive, technological breakthrough to help him maneuver through his day. Jesus healed the man -- completely.
That is the way the Savior worked. There were no half-cleansed lepers sent to the priests to be examined, and there are no sort-of-saved sinners. When Jesus lives inside our hearts, we are completely washed of our sins; we are completely transformed.
Jesus doesn't work with half-way healings or half-saved sinners.
Impossible!!! Is that what I hear you say?
In reply, all I can do is quote the words of Jesus: "With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible" (Matthew 19:26b).
And, as Jesus' empty tomb shows, the miraculous, the wonderful, and the redeeming are not just possible -- they're not just probable -- they are very, very real.
THE PRAYER: Dear Lord, for doing the impossible, for forgiving my sins and saving my soul, I am glad and grateful. May that gratitude in Your greatness be reflected today in the witness I make to others. In me may they see Your miracles. This I pray in Jesus' Name. Amen.
Pastor Ken Klaus
Speaker emeritus of The Lutheran Hour®
Lutheran Hour Ministries