always treasure my commands.
Obey my commands and live!
Guard my instructions as you guard your own eyes.
Tie them on your fingers as a reminder.
Write them deep within your heart.
Proverbs 7: (1-3)
My grandmother divorced my grandfather when my dad was a child. I don’t know much about their marriage. But, I do know, divorce was not as common in 1952 as it is today. My grandfather was an alcoholic and, apparently, not a very happy drunk. He also had a disease known as Retinitis Pigmentosa which is a genetic condition that causes blindness. My grandfather lost his sight when he was in his mid-twenties.
Our visits with my grandfather made me uncomfortable. My grandmother had remarried years and years earlier and I always consider that grandpa to be my real grandpa. He was the one in my life on a regular basis. He was the one who would tickle my back to help me fall asleep.
One of the reasons I disliked visiting my biological grandpa was because of his blindness. It scared me. Retinitis Pigmentosa is a hereditary disease and I was fearful I was going to go blind. Sometimes, as a child, I would close my eyes and practice being blind.
“Guard my instructions as you guard your own eyes.” When I read this section of Proverbs 7, I thought about my grandpa. He was powerless over this disease that took his eyesight, guarding his eyes would not have helped prevent the disease which led to his blindness.
This memory brought to mind how different physical blindness is to spiritual blindness. We have power over whether or not we become or remain spiritually blind. God promises us many times throughout scripture that if we look for Him, with all our heart, we will find Him…we will see Him. Blindness happens when we take our eyes off of Him or refuse to look in His direction. It’s a choice whether we decide to follow His commands and teachings. If we close the eyes to our heart, then we are choosing to stumble along in the dark.