I recall learning how to drive several years ago in Nigeria and overseas, the instructor at home did not stress the dangers of my ‘blind spot’ but the overseas instructor told me that ‘many accidents occur on the road because of vehicles coming from the driver’s blind spots.’ I was shocked at the statistics then, though I am not concerned about that today as I attempt to Inspire you about Blind Spots.
Blind spots in driving are defined as ‘areas to the side and slightly behind a driver’s field of vision that is not reflected in the vehicle rear view mirror.’ Imagine the presence of imminent danger around someone yet the person is totally unaware of the same. I like the way a philosopher describes Blind Spots, ‘an area or subject about which one is uninformed, prejudiced and unappreciative’. Many of us have blind spots in life and we are derailed by those who exist in those spots often to our dismay.
The Bible tells us of how our first parents did not realize that the enemy was lurking around their blind spot in the garden of Eden. ‘Now the serpent was more subtle than any beast of the field (not garden) which the Lord God had made. And he said to the woman, has God said you shall not eat of every tree of the Garden’ (Gen. 3 v 1). The first Adam allowed his wife to play with a friendly enemy who was at their blind spot, you know the end of the story.
Meanwhile, the Lord Jesus Himself also had someone very close to Him on His blind spot but didn’t give in to his suggestion and proposal like the first Adam, Our Lord rather rebuked the enemy, who used the friend in his blind spot, ‘but He turned and said to Peter, Get Thee behind me Satan, Thou art an offense to me…’ (Matt. 16 v 23). I love the way our Lord dealt with the issue in His blind spot, He was brutal and engaged the matter without being tactful and religious with the idea of Him not going to the Cross. A Good idea may not be God’s idea.
I’ll like to share my thoughts with you on the major blind spots in our lives as believers, these are areas oblivious to us and where the enemy might want to explore in getting us or derailing our journey towards progress.
4 BLIND SPOTS IN OUR LIVES
- SPOUSES: The enemy knows how we trust our spouses hence they may become our blind spots if we are not careful. I usually would not question anything my wife tells me. I will eat everything she presents to me, will sleep with both eyes closed beside her and other things like that. We should remember that the enemy went to Eve in the beginning to engineer the fall of both parents in the garden. Our spouses can become our blind spots if we aren’t careful. Don’t suspect them but know they are in your Blind Spot.
- OUR PASTORS: There are people who trust their Pastors so much that they would never doubt anything they say or counsel, they in fact jump as high as they tell them forgetting that they are human and vulnerable as men. They deify these men of God and make them gods of Men. I know that I’m also a pastor, yet I do not want people to think we are above errors. We could be in your Blind Spots.
- OUR FRIENDS AND CLOSE ASSOCIATES: I won’t say anything about this blind spot because I mentioned it above. Just remember the story of Jesus and Peter when you think of Friends and Associates as blind spots in our lives. They are always dear to us, and we can be weak in their hands.
- OUR PARENTS: There are people who have been trained by godly parents and those people hardly question the intents of the parental counsels because of their perceived honesty and purity of the same, however, they are also human and can be wrong, so they are blind spots that the enemy may want to use to get us out of the way.
There may be other Blind Spots that I’ve not mentioned, in fact that’s why they are Blind Spots in the first place, I pray the Lord will open our eyes to the Blind Spots in our lives and we shall make the right decisions in Jesus name.
Blessings and shalom.