If you’ve ever seen the movie, The Book of Eli, you would know that the leading character, Eli, wanders through a post apocalyptic society that is devoid of faith. In the drifters possession is the bible, the coveted book, the only hope for the nihilistic society.
From village to village, this extreme survivor fluidly fights mobsters, hunts animals and survives while protecting and finding solace in the Bible …but more interesting than Denzil Washington’s acting skills in this film or the great lengths a hungry nation will go to receive salvation and the genius plot development of the writer, is the creative and unexpected twist that Eli is blind throughout the entire film. This twist is revealed creatively at the end of the movie.
Yes, a blind man moves through the wasteland of civilization guided by faith (and skill) fighting goons, overcoming obstacles…surviving with nothing but faith. Impressive.
So how can Eli’s blindness and keen faith as shown in the epic movie, serve as sweet inspiration for us? It provides us with a simple reminder: The child of God, the child of faith sees things through spiritual eyes…He/she walks in faith…lives by faith and sees more than what is visible to the natural eye.
Many of us are excellent business men, intelligent associates, faithful church members, profound thinkers, passionate change makers, loving partners and keen workers but we are blind to spiritual things. Our spiritual sights are myopic and we are unable to see the truth or the beauty beyond the visible and tangible. We walk more comfortably by sight, our intellect, our feelings, our convictions and according to a humanly crafted plan than by faith.
Our eyes are closed shut and our limited visions rob us of opportunities to see the consistent workings of God in our lives. The shadings of comparison, competition and complaint prevent us from seeing our circumstances with bright spiritual sight. Our impatience, ignorance and cynicism close our eyes to God’s comforting truths.
Being blind in a society of vision seekers is the ailment of a generation that is too caught up with seeing things the way they prefer to see them. And interestingly, most of us are unaware of the true state of our spiritual vision.
Perhaps we need an encounter with Optometrist Jesus so that He can open our eyes, and enlighten our hearts. Perhaps with renewed vision and illumination, we will love each other more, forgive each other more, face disappointment with a little more courage, recover from temporal loss with a little more joy….depend on Christ a little more, share Christ with others a little more, smile more often, pray more often and walk boldly in faith. Perhaps with new vision our tempers and raging passions will become regulated…our words, thoughts and actions will reflect a deep wisdom that transcends our years of experience or intellectual capacities.
We need new eyes, new vision, a new perspective.
Truth be told, maybe we can be like Eli. We can live in a desolate wasteland, filled with sin, and move strictly by faith….not by sight….fighting warlords of every kind…believing that the word of God is stronger and greater than our present battles.
I encourage you to ask God to open your eyes to a calming revelation this week. Ask Him to give you spiritual eye salve, a special anointing so that you can see the invisible and understand the things that are much greater and deeper than the present things you feel, see and experience.
(c) 2014, Dentrecia Blanchette