“You have second sight,” my eye doctor said. I was worried my glasses were not the right prescription as I could see better far away without them.
“What is that?” I asked, curious but relieved.
“Some people experience improved vision during the early stages of cataract development. The lens clouding, normal part of aging, puts a bit of pressure on the eye that sharpens one aspect of vision. For some people, not everyone,” he explained.
I smiled and felt like I had won an unexpected door prize!
Everyone Needs Second Sight
We need to have our eyes opened spiritually to understand fully faith and the mysteries of the Kingdom of God. We can read the Bible, listen to solid teaching, and observe devotion in action and not recognize the Truth of what we are experiencing.
When the Emmaus Road travelers encountered Jesus, they heard His excellent explanations of past and current events about Himself. When he broke the bread and gave thanks, “then their eyes were opened and they recognized Him.” (NIV Luke 24:31). All became clear to these men when they opened their eyes, their hearts and their minds to who Jesus really was.
Saul of Tarsus gave a prime example of the value of second sight in Acts 9. In the midst of Saul’s fervor to destroy the Church of Jesus, God arranged a blinding episode to redirect his life. He then sent a mature teacher to non-seeing Saul with one goal in mind. The Holy Spirit empowered Saul/Paul with new sight and understanding of The Truth. Verse 18 (NIV) reported: Immediately, something like scales fell from Saul’s eyes, and he could see again. He got up and was baptized.
Recording the Revelation required the Apostle John to utilize second sight to fully comprehend and put into words all the supernatural images his eyes showed him that day on the Island of Patmos. In Rev 1:10-11 (NIV), John said: On the Lord’s Day I was in the Spirit, and I heard behind me a loud voice like a trumpet, which said: “Write on a scroll what you see and send it to the seven churches…”
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Not Humanly Possible
Just as my own gift of second sight came about without my effort, gaining new eyes for the spiritual realities of Christianity cannot be worked up on our own. We desperately need the Holy Spirit to translate the Scriptures and words of Jesus into our finite, human understandings.
We may need to be knocked down hard from our earthly, man-made thrones to truly recognize our need for something, someone beyond what our eyes can see. Dreams, visions, and powerful teaching can be motivation to seek the destiny messages our souls crave to understand.
Who is God? What am I to Him? How can I be in relationship with God? What is my purpose on this earth and beyond to Eternity?
As the Holy Spirit gives us second sight, we should present all the evidence historically and scientifically about the events in Jesus’ life on earth. The testimony of God’s work and transformations in our personal lives is additionally powerful. God uses our conversations and relationships with those who are blind to Christ as Savior to reach their hearts.
We should enter into the faith path of people while time is possible to choose The King of Kings. However, ultimately, the work of salvation is beyond us. It is His work and He grants it as He sees fit.
When Jesus gives second sight, we begin a life-long journey of new insights, new awareness, and new fulfillment. Each day becomes wonder-filled and worth opening our eyes to see.
Gail Goolsby, MA, MEd is a lifelong educator, including past leadership at an international school in Afghanistan. Gail and her pastor husband of 39 years live where the wind blows over the prairie in south Kansas. She counsels and coaches using God’s Word to help others learn to live well.