One of Webster’s definitions of a blind spot is “an area in which one fails to exercise judgement or discrimination.” I hear it mentioned regularly that everyone has personal blind spots. What is implied by this comment is that we are unable to sufficiently see and analyze all the areas of our lives.
Our physical eyes look easily in front of us or peripherally, but they have no ability to see behind us. We can see parts of our surroundings but not the whole, unlike our Creator, whose eyes see all things all the time. “No creature is hidden from His sight” (Hebrews 4:13), states the author of Hebrews. The writer also declares that the Word of God discerns the thoughts and intentions of our hearts (4:12).
Just as our physical eyes cannot see behind us, our spiritual eyes can become blinded as our flesh shows us what we want to see more than what is reality. I fear this happens when our desires outweigh our spiritual wisdom. If we are not scrubbing ourselves with Scripture, our blind spots have a tendency to grow. A small blindness can easily turn into a full-fledged belief, value system, tradition, stumbling block, idol of the heart, and so on.
Quite frankly, this is scary. And if I have blind spots, what am I doing about them?
Ought I to ask those who know me best what my blind spots look like?
Ought I to question daily what they must be and determine to put them to death?
Ought I to plead with the Holy Spirit to direct me to truth?
Ought I to seek the forgiveness of Christ knowing I have these spots?
Ought I to take the log out of my own eye in order that I may help my brother with his speck (Matthew 7:4)?
O Heavenly Father, give me eyes that see. Help me live authentically and vulnerably and purely as I focus my sights on Your Son, His sacrifice, and the wisdom of Your Word as You give sight to my blindness. And may this be my daily prayer, that I may never fall into hypocrisy and shame, but rather, walk in the light of the Truth for Your Name’s sake. Amen.