“…the Lord gives sight to the blind,”—Psalm 146:8 (NIV).
Painting, other than for artistic reasons, is not something I enjoy doing. Maybe it’s because I end up with more paint on my clothes and body than on the walls or exterior of my house. Recently, with the assistance of a neighbor who is a professional painter, I decided to tackle the interior of my house. My neighbor taped off the baseboards and cut the paint in for me while I removed decorative objects from the wall as well as electrical outlet plates.
When I had finished removing mirrors and artwork from the wall, I removed the nails and other hardware keeping them in place. Holes left by the nails were visible and I had forgotten to purchase spackling paste. When I lamented about the problem with the unsightly depressions in the wall, my neighbor replied, “Do you have toothpaste?” I did. Using the white cream, I filled in the holes. I couldn’t believe such an inexpensive solution was at hand.
Curious about other uses for toothpaste, I googled “uses for toothpaste,” and discovered lists ranging from six to 36 more uses for the item I thought was only good for one thing—cleaning my teeth. I won’t include all of the creative different uses for toothpaste but here are a few: Relieve irritation from bug bites, sores, and blisters. Soothe a stinging burn. Decrease the size of a facial blemish (Wish I’d known about this one when I was a teenager). Clean your fingernails. Scrub away stinky smells. Remove stains.
Remember the adage, “Necessity is the mother of invention,” meaning difficult situations inspire ingenious solutions. Sometimes, however, difficult situations require us to look past our own search for solutions and instead, to seek our Creator.
On several occasions, Jesus healed the blind. In Mark 8, we read the story of Jesus healing a blind man at Bethsaida. Jesus took the blind man by the hand and led him outside the village. After spitting on the man’s eyes, Jesus put his hands on him and asked, “Do you see anything?”
The blind man replied, “I see people; they look like trees walking around.” Once more, Jesus placed his hands on the man’s eyes. Then his eyes were opened, his sight was restored and he saw everything clearly.
Sometimes, we can’t see clearly. Our sight can be hampered by sin, pride, doubt, fear, impatience and a multitude of other human weaknesses. When our lens of faith is fogged, we can’t see the possibilities God has for each of us.
Look at the heroes of the Bible and you will see what I mean. Noah was a drunk. Jacob was a deceiver. Moses had a self-esteem problem. Elijah was suicidal. Rahab was a prostitute. Samson was a womanizer. David was an adulterer and murderer. Peter was a coward. Judas was a phony.
When we explore the possibilities available to us as God’s children, we see life in a new way. If we learn to look at life and people through God’s eyes, everything changes.