“And I will lead the blind in a way that they do not know, in paths that they have not known I will guide them. I will turn the darkness before them into light, the rough places into level ground. These are the things I do, and I do not forsake them.” – Isaiah 42:16
“I cannot see, but I am thankful for this bright beautiful day that God has given to us,” Freddy says.
In Indonesia, Freddy worked in construction and had a comfortable life, until one day he started to lose his sight. Eventually, he could no longer see at all—he was completely blind, and everything in his life changed.
“I often drank at home by myself. I would drink and drink until all of my money was gone.”
“Feeling so lonely, I decided to kill myself. One day while my wife was at work, and my children were away at school, I readied myself to do the unthinkable. I knew exactly how I would do it and the knife I would use. But in that darkest moment, God invaded my life.”
Reaching out blindly for the radio in his bedroom, Freddy drunkenly turned the knobs to find a station that would distract his mind from what he was about to do. He paused at a station where someone seemed to be speaking directly to his heart.
“God has a beautiful plan for you, even if you don’t realize it. God has a purpose and He loves you so much that He sent His only son, Jesus,” the FEBC radio broadcaster was saying.
Freddy was shocked, and he couldn’t stop listening, so he put down the bottle and the knife and kept listening. He never picked them up again.
Freddy called the station in tears and thanked the broadcaster for what he had said, and told him how he had been readying himself to die when he heard those words.
A few days later, the broadcaster and other FEBC staff came to Freddy’s home and helped him go to church. While at church, Freddy asked Jesus to be his personal Savior.
Sobbing, Freddy began to pray earnestly, “Thank You for Your kindness to me, and forgive me, Oh Lord. You know that I am a sinful man; I have done things that you did not intend, but through it all You have strengthened my faith.”
Looking back on that time, Freddy says, “Praise God for that broadcaster, Praise God that I am still alive. I’ve been blind now for 6 years, but my vision has never been clearer.”
It took the loss of Freddy’s eyesight for him to come to know the Lord, and to see the truth. It took even more for the nation of Israel to see the sins they were committing. God used trial after trial to wake the nation up to their iniquities, and prophet after prophet warned that if Israel did not obey there would be consequences. We see this play out in our own lives as well. God is constantly trying to get our attention when we stray. As you reflect on Freddy’s story, ask yourself, “In what way is God trying to engage me in a relationship when I may be turning away from Him?”
Thank You, Lord, for opening Freddy’s eyes to the truth. While he remains physically blind, we know he is only now seeing clearly. We ask for others whose eyes have been clouded by the ways of this world, to have You speak to them. Thank You for seeking us out. Amen.