Blind Spot

Blind Spot

“Whew, that was close,” I thought, as I maneuvered my car back into the center lane, realizing I’d missed hitting the car I’d passed, by just a few inches. “That Mazda was in my blind spot.” Although the Mazda was there, it was not in view when I’d checked the lane out. I didn’t see it. However, if we had collided, the collision would have been my fault.

Have you looked back on a quick decision and wished you had done things differently? Of course, all of us have. No wonder we say “hindsight is 20/20.”  Google defines “blindspots” as: an area where a person's view is obstructed.

I remember a time when I made a decision too fast. Oh yes, I had prayed about it, but even with the essential prayer component, I made the wrong choice. I felt pressured to decide and in my haste, I was at fault. I didn’t foresee the way I handled a request for a favor would negatively affect an important relationship.

Ever looked back on a decision and wished you had done things differently?

 After I got through the sticky situation and the blinders came off; I couldn’t believe I hurt someone I love. I lost sleep. I wasted emotional energy, plus I had a mess to clean up. For three days, I was a nervous wreck, experienced insomnia, an eating binge and even gained a few pounds, which is never a good thing.

One of my favorite examples of “biblical blind spots” is in 2 Kings 10:28. Jehu destroyed all the false prophets, ministers and priests of Baal. Jehu deceitfully planned for the enemies of the Almighty God’s destruction, their mass annihilation was intentional.  But Jehu’s view was obstructed – he did not destroy the golden calves at Bethel and Dan. His obedience to God was incomplete. He was told to get rid of every idol, but he chose to keep some of his favorite idols around ‘just in case.’ Incomplete obedience is nothing more than disobedience.

We can learn from Jehu’s disobedience. God allowed Israel’s enemies to overpower their armies and the size of Israel was reduced and weakened (2 Kings 10:32). We must choose to obey God with all our heart and when God gives clear instructions, to do exactly as God asks. Next time, I pray I act (or react) in zeal or haste, but in humility. We must ask God for clear vision, ears to hear and a sensitive and obedient heart to do the right thing. One thing is for sure, we know we will get another chance.

Let’s pray, “Father, thank You for Your patience with us. We pray for ears to hear Your voice, eyes to see Your instructions and the will to serve yYou as yYou have planned. Help us to walk according to Micah 6:8, “He has showed you, O man, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.” In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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Sheryl Giesbrecht

Exchanging hurt for hope is Sheryl Giesbrecht’s focus—a message she shares with audiences as a radio and television personality, author and speaker. A dynamic teacher and motivating leader, Giesbrecht has endured many changes and challenges, moving her to a deep faith, trust and dependence on God.

She served as Focus on the Family's columnist for Pastor's Wives for four years. Hundreds of her columns, magazine and devotional articles have appeared in Focus on The Family Magazine, Just Between Us, Discipleship Journal, CCM, Walk Thru the Bible’s - InDeed and Tapestry publications.

Giesbrecht’s radio show, “Transformed Through Truth” is nationally and internationally syndicated and heard daily by over 10 million listeners on networks across the United States. The Holy Spirit Broadcasting Network shares the show internationally on seven continents. “Transformed Through Truth” launched as a 30-minute internet television teaching feature in March 2017. To view this amazing teaching time, go to www.HSBN.tv.

Sheryl has a heart for missions and is avid about reaching out to the poor and needy, locally through the Rescue Mission and worldwide through various ministry partners. Giesbrecht is a Lead Like Jesus Facilitator and missionary with Freedom In Christ Ministries (www.FICM.org) and has been personally involved with equipping hundreds and facilitating the training of thousands of leaders internationally. Sheryl’s latest book is entitled It’ll Be Okay: Finding God When Doubt Hides the Truth.

The joys of Giesbrecht’s life are her children and thirteen grandchildren. She is excited about the new beginning she shares with her marriage to Dr. Jim Turner. Sheryl holds a Bachelor of Arts from Biola University, a Master’s in Ministry and a Doctorate of Theology.

Learn more about Sheryl Giesbrecht on her website, www.FromAshesToBeauty.com. She also invites readers to follow her on Facebook, and on Twitter (@SGiesbrecht).