Yesterday was the first day I wore a mask in public for any length of time. It made my face too warm, and it made me feel as if I should keep my mouth shut. LOL That was not the strangest part of it, though.
As a person who is totally blind, I rely on other senses besides sight to get me from point A to point B. First and foremost is my hearing, which was not effected. The second is a sense that doesn’t have a name. I called it my wiskers. In a nutshell, I felt like I couldn’t see where I was going.
Of course, blind people can’t see where they are going, so I don’t mean actual sight. I mean, I couldn’t sense objects around me as well as usual. I had no frame of reference. I felt as if something was covering my eyes, even though the mask covered only the lower half of my face.
To illustrate my point, here’s what happened.
I was walking in front of my husband and girls toward the back door of our church. I thought I had reached a corner, so I turned left and bumped smack into a wall.
“You’re not at the turn, yet,” my husband said.
Yeah, I felt stupid. LOL
I just didn’t sense the wall there like every other time before.
Some folks who are blind do not have this problem. But, just in case you happen to notice a person bumping into things which they normally avoid with ease, you’ll know a possible reason.
Speaking of blind folks, have you noticed that they sometimes need to be led around? Often, a blind person will take someone’s elbow and let them lead them. This is called Sighted Guide. Why do you think this method works?
Because, the sighted guide can see where to go. They know what obstacles to avoid. The blind person could just as well let go of their companion’s arm and use a cane to detect objects. They could also grab the harness of their dog guide. Either way, people who can’t see need either a dog or person to lead them or a cane to keep them from tripping over everything.
Well, would you, sighted individual that you are, want to run intoeverything or get lost all the time?
Has anyone ever called you a sheep? Does it make you mad?
On social media lately, some are calling those who wear masks sheep. Name calling is never right, but let’s talk about sheep for a minute.
Sheep are followers. They need to be led. They need a shepherd. They are vulnerable. Their babies are cute. They often go astray and need rescuing. They respond best to a caring voice.
Wait, I think I see a resemblance here. Kind of sounds like I’m describing people, doesn’t it?
The Lord said it best in St. John chapter 10 in the King James Version
1 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that entereth not by the door into the sheepfold, but climbeth up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber.
2 But he that entereth in by the door is the shepherd of the sheep.
3 To him the porter openeth; and the sheep hear his voice: and he calleth his own sheep by name, and leadeth them out.
4 And when he putteth forth his own sheep, he goeth before them, and the sheep follow him: for they know his voice.
5 And a stranger will they not follow, but will flee from him: for they know not the voice of strangers.
Sheep will not follow somebody they do not know. People, on the otherhand, usually follow the loudest voice they can hear.
Did you catch what verse 4 said, though? “And when he putteth forth his own sheep, he goeth before them, and the sheep follow him: for they know his voice.”
The Lord’s sheep know His voice, and they follow Him. Can you hear Him?
We used to sing a song at church camp that went a little like this:
I pray the Lord my soul to keep, I just wanna be a sheep. Baah!
Mask or no mask, I just want to follow the Lamb of God. I just want to be part of His kingdom. I have no confidence in the flesh, no confidence in my government, no trust when it comes to those loud voices. I just want to follow Jesus and His teachings. His opinion of me is all that matters. His way is perfect, and He is my only ticket out of this fallen world.
My prayer for you, dear reader is that your soul would thirst for God, as the Psalmist’s does in these 2 verses.
“As the hart panteth after the water brooks, so panteth my soul after thee, O God. My soul thirsteth for God, for the living God: when shall I come and appear before God?” Psalm 42:1-2 KJV