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Friday, March 15, 2013

The World of the Blind?

My sister knew a blind man who had never seen. She and her husband became good friends and one
day she asked the blind man, "What do you think of when you hear the word 'blue.'" "Windex," he
replied. When asked why Windex, the man said,

"One of my earliest memories was of my mom washing windows. She said, 'Oh, the sky is so pretty
today, so blue.' Since that that day, the smell of windex is blue... to me." In the same way, he had
learned to associate the word "yellow" with wood, because of the wooden bannister in their home that
everyone said was yellow.

Of course the "blue" had nothing to do with the color of windex, for he couldn't see that either; it was
the smell that made the association;

What he had done because of his blindness was to create a world of color that had only the faintest
resemblance to color, but involved the other senses.

That's why David prayed, Ps 119:18 "Open thou mine eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of
thy law." We are blind to the things of God until His Spirit opens our minds, shut up in our own
world of physical things. Jesus said that we must be "born again" to see the kingdom of God. A
physical birth was not enough.
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