"Where there is no vision, the people perish." (Proverbs 29:18)
I reflect and realize it is far too easy to be drawn into the rabid and ruthless mayhem of political jousting, while the real battle rages around us, unseen:
"We do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against
the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness,
against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places."
He has my attention now. I turn to John, chapter 21...
We see the disciples at daybreak, by the Sea of Tiberias, bewildered and discouraged. They had stepped out in faith, responding to these simple words:
"Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men."
These fishermen had left their nets, spending the next three years walking with Jesus, learning from Him, trusting Him. Then an unimaginable nightmare overshadowed their hopes and dreams...this Innocent One they loved was falsely accused and put to death.
"I'm going fishing." Peter said, disillusioned.
The others followed, but now it is morning and their nets are empty. Sad and sleepy, they are startled by a familiar Voice:
"Do you love me more than these?"
"Yes Lord, you know that I love you!"
Jesus said to him,
"Feed my lambs."
going to their destruction for lack of knowledge...perishing for the lack of vision. In my studies of the first verses in John Chapter One this week, the Lord gave me two 'parables.'
"In Him was life, and that life was the light of men.
The Light shines in the darkness, but the darkness has not comprehended it."
There was once a man who had been blind from birth. He lived his entire life, from daybreak to daybreak, in complete darkness. Though many tried to describe the beauty of his surroundings (for he lived in part of the world known for its spectacular beauty), he simply could not comprehend or imagine what was described to him. He had heard it said that the sky was blue...but he could not picture 'sky'...and had no frame of reference for 'blue' or any other color for that matter. One day he visits his doctor for a routine examination. The kind, old physician was bubbling with excitement! It seems a surgical procedure has been developed which is proving 100% successful in curing the patient's form of blindness! The blind man's heart soars at the thought! He considers the possibilities...but fearing the unknown, refuses the treatment,
choosing to live out his days in utter darkness.
The Parable of Lechuguilla Cave
There was once was a young woman who was born destitute. She was certainly loved, and usually had enough to eat, but as the family struggled, there were very few material blessings to enjoy. She learned to read at a young age, and soon enjoyed travelling beyond her humble surroundings in her imagination, as she read of far away places. As fate would have it, the death of a distant, and childless relative brought an unexpected inheritance! The fortune would allow her to visit those places she had only seen in her mind's eye! Quick to make travel plans, she soon arrived at her first destination, Lechuguilla Cave, in New Mexico. It is the seventh longest cave in the world, known for its rare and beautiful geological features. She knew there to be twenty-foot 'gypsum chandeliers', fifteen foot 'soda straws,'
'cave pearls,' 'hydromagnesite balloons'...incredible, subterranean wonders unseen by most. She arrived at the entrance of the cave. While she was filled with anticipation, she was suddenly terrified at the prospect of entering.