One morning as I walked down a New York City street, I observed a woman holding a little girl’s hand, who could not have been more than five years old.  As this little girl playfully walked down the street, I noticed she was holding something in her other hand. “What is that?,” I wondered. Walking closer towards her I soon realized that it was a cane, and to my surprise she was blind. My heart immediately sank at the thought of this child going through life without seeing her mother’s face, or without seeing a single sunrise or sunset.  But as I watched this little girl, the thing that dawned on me was the fact that had it not been for her cane, no one would have ever known she was visually impaired. She was a normal bubbly five-year old child who was not focused on the fact that she could not see. She simply enjoyed a playful walk on a summer day – happy that someone cared enough to show her how to survive in a world without the gift of sight.  Someone she could not see but learned to trust, just by listening to their voice.

"God is speaking, have you been listening, or have been too focused on seeing?"

Many of us today are asking God to show us the way – to show us a sign for good. There are some of us who are praying, “Lord, show me clearly where to go, and what to do.” We are desperate for clarity, and the fact that we can’t see clearly has us confused and frustrated. But, I believe that sometimes God will dull one sense to develop the strength of another. I believe that it is in the times of uncertainty that God is developing our sensitivity to the Holy Spirit – the Spirit of truth who guides us in all truth (John 16:13). It is during these times that God wants us to draw nearer, stay closer, and open our spiritual ears to hear Him. God is speaking, have you been listening, or have been too focused on seeing?

I learned a valuable lesson from that little girl on that summer day. I watched her trust her guide completely as they strolled down the street, and decided to trust my Guide wholeheartedly as I stroll down the many paths of life. I learned that even though I may not be able to see my way clearly, I can trust God’s voice, guidance, and unconditional love for me. I learned to hold on to my Father’s hands and enjoy the journey.

Here’s a challenge for you: Relax, release, and trust God. Walk by faith, not by sight. (2 Corinthians 5:7 NAS).

~Y.T. Collwood (Author of Here Are My Stones – Lessons In The Struggles, A Devotional).


Y.T. Collwood is a devoted mother of three children, a servant of God, and one who believes that she is called to use her gifts and talents to help others. Ms. Collwood is a graduate of Nyack College with a Bachelors of Science degree in Business, Leadership, and Organizational Management…read full bio here


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