Blindfolded to Belief
Blindfolded to Belief
Where did that come from? is a question we might ask when things don’t go exactly as we planned, we might feel blindfolded, blindsided or groping in the dark. We might wonder, What have I done to deserve this? We feel desperate and plummeting downward in a nosedive; can’t seem to get our bearings. When we are in the middle of a blind, helpless descent, why me? is the query we ask our Creator as we beg Him to stop the pain.
Circumstantial doubts can trick us into mistrust or disbelief about God in the very same way. Like the pilot who is flying blind in the blackness of the elements, the night or fog and the unknown territory voiced through his instincts, we try to wrap our heads around our own hesitation. We must learn to trust in God and His navigation system, not the doubts that come into our mind. Isaiah 50:10 says, “Who among you fears the Lord and obeys the word of his servant? Let the one who walks in the dark, who has no light, trust in the name of the Lord and rely on their God.”
There was a time in my life when I felt helpless, alone and deserted in a strange place. We had moved from the beach. The cold, foggy days of winter eclipsed my life, bringing on depression and a deathly sickness. I felt deceived by my husband and abandoned by God. I was angry and wanted to opt out of everything. I wondered, Why would God allow this to happen to me? I believed the lie that bad things don’t happen to good people. I had a lot to learn.
Trusting God is to believe God knows better than us, what is best for us. We must let go of our expectations, our plans, and allow God to take charge. God values us so highly we can follow Him without fear through any foggy day, winter storm or dark night of the soul. Doubt is the opposite of belief. Belief is a conscious choice to put one’s hope in something worthy of trust. It is having faith in someone who is reliable. Isaiah 42:16 reminds us, “I will lead the blind by ways they have not known, along unfamiliar paths I will guide them; I will turn the darkness into light before them and make the rough places smooth. These are the things I will do; I will not forsake them.” We have a choice. We can attempt to grope onward or willingly submit to God’s will and, by faith, trust His ways following in His steps.
I remember playing the game of ‘trust’ as a child. You might have played it too. One person is blindfolded and has to rely on the verbal directions or physical touch of others pretending to guide them. Like me, upon the instructions of the group, you might have found yourself unknowingly putting your hands in ice water, stepping over an object you were told was large, when it was a penny, or the scary experience of falling forward to allow an opportunity for the team to catch you and protect you from harm. Soon after the blindfold was removed, your trust in the members was as real as seeing them. In the same way, when we let go of our doubts, we turn to trust God. Our blindfold of doubt is removed. He hasn’t changed, but our choice to see Him how He really is has. Isaiah 25:9 gives us specific instructions, “In that day they will say, “Surely this is our God; we trusted in him, and he saved us. This is the Lord, we trusted in him; let us rejoice and be glad in his salvation.”
By choosing to trust God and rely on His strength, our faith in God becomes stronger. Faith grows by our choice to let go of our expectations, plans, will and to ask for God’s will to be done. The alternative is ours, when He says, ‘let go,’ we might feel empty until He comes to fill us with more of Himself. When we submit, commit and relinquish, our open hand will be filled with His joy, peace and a deeper faith. Beth Moore said, “Trust reverses detours of adversity into highways of destiny.” The choice is ours.
Dear Lord, thank you for an opportunity to give You control of my life. I don’t understand what is happening, I am afraid and vulnerable. I commit my plans to You. Thank You for removing my blindfold of doubt and fear and replacing it with belief and faith. In Jesus’ Name, Amen