Friday, August 3, 2012

#113 Blindsight

We have all heard of either having hindsight or foresight right?  Hindsight is being able to look back on events and see where better decisions could have been made or how things went right or wrong.  Men and women have also been blessed by the Lord to have foresight sometimes.  God has often revealed what would happen in the future.  Foresight can also be interpreted to mean that someone has the ability to discern how events will unfold.

While I am familiar with both hindsight and foresight I must admit I had never heard of blindsight.  That is until I read an article about a man who progressively lost his eyesight due to a series of strokes.  He lost vision in one eye with the first stroke and the other quickly followed suit shortly thereafter.

But unlike many people who lose their sight this man was not completely blind.  No, he could not see things but yet he could see.  Let me explain.  You see the strokes damaged the visual cortex of his brain where images are processed.  The oddly rare thing about this man's condition is that only his visual cortex was damaged.  Meaning that his eyes still worked just fine.  His eyes still saw things just as they always had.  Researchers were amazed by this man because even though he was clinically blind he could still tell if someone was angry, sad, happy, or otherwise.  He could still navigate around objects.  It was quite amazing to me to see how resilient the human body is.

As I read the story about this amazing man I could not help but wonder just how limited our bodies are now because of sin.  In Genesis 1:26 we read that God decided to make man in His image.  But we also know, thanks to the Biblical record, that sin has had a very harmful effect on that original image.  This is most notable perhaps in the shorter lifespans that we have now compared to the first several generations after creation.

How much more are our bodies capable of?  How much more would God have us do that is more in harmony with the image of God?  The only way to find out is to make sure we have a saving relationship with the Lord Jesus.

Not only are we promised that He will make us a new creation as it relates to our character (2 Cor. 5:17), but He will give us a new, glorified body that is not tainted with sin (2 Cor 5:2, 1 Cor 15:51-53). Each time I get up with a sore back or have a headache I long for that new body.  When I see children with birth defects or anyone with a severe handicap my heart longs to see them made whole too.

The part that makes me the happiest I suppose is that the promise of a new, untainted character and of a new, glorified body is freely available to all who will accept Jesus as Savior and Lord.  It is my prayer that we all will have a desire to be connected to the Savior.  Why not let today be the day that you start living for Him more fully and completely?

Dear Father God,
Thank You for making us with such amazingly wonderful bodies.  Thank You that each one of us is a beautiful miracle.  Please keep us faithful to You until the day that You restore us to the image You first desired for us.  Until then may we live to glorify You in all that we do.  In Jesus' name we pray, Amen!

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