When We are Walking Blind We Choose Faith

 When we choose to live a life of faith, we learn to adopt the habit of walking blind.  Faith requires a walking blind attitude of us. Faith says don’t look at what you see in your natural circumstances.  Faith says walk blind and look at what you cannot see.

We left home on Sunday last to live in another city for two months while Bruce has his radiation treatments. We were fully confident that everything at home was in good working order. We were thankful for the precious ones willing to live there and look after our much-loved dogs.  We wanted them to be blessed by their stay.

You heard that saying, “it never rains but it pours”?

On our third night in our temporary dwelling place, exhausted and longing for a good night’s sleep, Bruce’s cell rang at 11 pm.  When the phone rings that late at night, well the heart, it just pounds a little harder.

I could tell by the posture and the head in hands that the news wasn’t good.

It had poured at home.  In fact, the rainfall was so great, in one day it broke the record for the month of October.

Our basement was flooded.  Our basement with the new flooring…

The place where I go to hide myself in Jesus.  The place where I have wanted to hang a sign,

“The King’s River of Delights”.

For surely in the secret place, unseen to others He has revealed Himself to me.

Our basement, a place of peace, joy, praise and the glory of God.  Flooded.

“Bless the Lord oh my soul and all that is within me, bless His holy name.”

The circumstances make me feel as if I am falling back. Our world, shaken, turned upside down and inside out has birthed a deep and settled trust in my Heavenly Father. I know I can trust in God’s promises and His word.

I feel like a grain of sand on the seashore with the crashing waves breaking in.

I cannot stop the tide.

I am being washed away – washed away into the Ocean of Great Love.

What I can do is choose to focus my thoughts, choose to focus my thinking and choose to bless God in the midst of calamity. I will choose to walk by faith and walk blind, trusting in the promises of Almighty God.

When I have no words, He is my song.

Though words fail me now, His words will not.

We are part of a body, people joined to the heart of God. I know nothing of what is going on at home other than members of the body of Christ have mobilized and are looking after our situation. We are helpless, too far away to go home. We have to stay the course.

They keep repeating the words of Jesus, “don’t worry, we’re looking after you”.

We are learning. One hand cannot wash itself.  We need each other.

His Word to me today from Isaiah 42:15-16 The Message.

BUT (in spite of and in the midst of calamities)

But I will take your hand Jeannie, when you don’t know the way, when you cannot see where you are going. I will be a personal guide to you, directing you through unknown country.

I will be right there to show you what roads to take, make sure you don’t fall into the ditch. These are the things I will be doing for you – sticking with you, not leaving you for a minute.
You are my beloved daughter.

I am thankful for His Presence.

What about you? Are you trying to make it a habit to focus your thinking, guard your thoughts and speak words of blessing and praise to God in the midst of hard circumstances?

We just finished radiation treatment #4/39 today.

Praise Almighty Father for giving sight to the blind.

We praise Him and thank Him for hands and feet in the Body of Christ to undertake for us when ours fail.

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  1. Lynn Mosher says

    Oh, Jeannie, I’m so sorry. The word choice for your sign was too prophetic! When all is fixed, I think something else would be more appropriate. {sigh} All will be better. You have insurance, right?

    Today, hubs finished #32 of 45. Hang in there. Celebrate hump day! The halfway mark. You shall dance. Don’t be discouraged. The Lord says, “All is well!”

    May God’s abundant blessings fall all over you!

    • Jeannie says

      Thanks Lynn! We choose to rejoice knowing that our faith is being tested and tried, somehow He will see that we shall come forth as pure gold refined in the fire. Appreciate your shot of humor – my word choice being too prophetic! We focus and we choose. We are planning on making good memories here and open our hearts wide to receive the fullness of His blessings! He will not fail us or disappoint us! Now to think of a new sign name! Hope all is well on your countdown and that you two are dancing.

  2. Pam M. says

    Crying, yet smiling as I read this. Such overwhelming circumstances, but such overwhelming love and care going on back home through the Body of Christ. You are truly blessed to have such wonderful people in your life. Praying for you and Bruce and cheering you on, friend!!!! YOU inspire me! <3

    • Jeannie says

      Bless you Pam, I was crying when I wrote this. And I have to choose to trust God’s goodness and love for us…thank you for cheering us on – I truly have felt the power of prayer in these days. Helping me to be still and simply trust that God’s plan for us is greater than what we see!

  3. Mel Thompson says

    I was given an image when I read your blog this morning. An image of a stage and a red curtain covering the platform. I could hear noises behind the curtain, but couldn’t see what was happening because of the closed curtain. I could imagine what was going on…but still, it was a mystery. And then the musical overture came up from the Orchestra Pit, and the curtain rose slowly and there it was in plain view with stage spot lights shining down on a couple holding hands center stage. It was a time for a new beginning on the stage of life, waiting to be played out.
    See you at the INTERMISSION and the climactic finish!

  4. Patty Christison. says

    Hi Jeannie-so sorry that you had to hear that kind of news about the flooding. That is so great,though, that you have friends taking care of everything. Who knows-maybe you will be pleasantly surprised when you see it all restored!
    Yes, we have this treasure in earthen vessels -and He is shining bright through you. Bless you and Bruce,Jeannie and may the radiation treatment go well and bring total healing and wholeness.
    love Patty

  5. Anita says

    Hi Jeannie,

    Your post spoke right into my heart; about how it should be when one part of the body is hurting, the other comes to support and encourage. I am truly sorry about your basement flooding, but I am also praising our Saviour for His great love being shown through the vessels of your friends. I thank Him for supplying provision for your needs.

  6. Salina says

    Hello Jeannie,

    I’m new over at Blogging for God.

    I love your writing; your words flow so beautifully and are very soothing.

    I love the connection you made between faith and blindness, for that is surely true. It took me a long time to turn it all over to Him, for I believed I had much better plans for my life than He.

    Thanks for the writing, I enjoyed reading. God bless.

  7. Florence Achama says

    Hi Jeannie, I am sorry to hear about your basement flooding but happy to know that there are people taking charge while you are away. God reminded me of this scripture after the death of a relative on Friday and just want to share it with you now xxxx




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