As Marnie walked along the path at the park with her two dogs, a couple of pre-teen boys slowly came toward them. One limped, but held the other boy’s arm tightly, keeping him safe while coaching him on where to feel with his cane. The second boy could not see except with his hands. His friend, Jack, had physical problems, too, but could see well and was a protector. “Look and listen ahead, Bobby. There are two dogs on the path.”
Marnie stopped her dogs, had them sit and waited for the boys to come closer. “You can pet them if you want to. They are friendly.”
Bobby bent down and touched one curly small dog and then Jack petted her. Bobby reached out for the other pet while Marnie explained, “That one’s a hound dog. You have your hand on his neck.”
“I’ve never seen a hound dog before!” the blind boy responded with excitement.
“Then you just have to pet him all over. Try feeling those ears. They are as long as his face.”
“Yeah! I see that! Is the crusty stuff on the ends mud?”
“Nope. He just helped too much when I was painting inside yesterday. It’s on his tail, too. You’ve got to feel his tail.”
“It curves up!”
“Yep! Like a CB antenna. My son said his tail wagging all the time when he walks means he can use the call letters Basset, Basset, one-niner, one-niner!”
Then Bobby stroked the long dog’s body and smiled. “I really have seen a hound dog now! Long ears! A fat neck! A tail like a broomstick! A very long body! He feels shiny.”
That’s when the hound howled with appreciation. Bobby and Jack burst out in laughter. “I never heard any dog make that noise!”
“Now you really have seen and heard a hound dog!” Marnie echoed the boys’ excitement. She got a kick out of Bobby, who was blind, using the word “see” so much in his conversation.
Jesus taught with parables and would conclude with an appeal to the senses, “He who has ears to hear, let him hear,” [Mark 4:9] and to his disciples, “Do you have eyes, but fail to see, and ears but fail to hear?” [Mark 8:18.] At that point, they had seen many miracles, heard Jesus’ parables, and had been walking and living beside him for much time. Still, they did not understand. Someday, they would.
Paul writes, “Now we see but a poor reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.” [1 Corinthians 13:12]
It’s a matter of keeping the faith. Someday, Bobby will see everything, including a Basset hound. For now, he is excited to see the dog with his hands.
Someday, we will see, hear, and understand God’s perspective. In the meantime, it is our job to keep learning, growing and studying with Him. Enjoy the journey and the sights along the way!
[Jo Russell is a Christian speaker, author of scores of articles, a half dozen anthology contributions, and award-winning Which Button Do You Push to Get God to Come Out? A Humorous Devotional for Women available where print books and e-books are sold. Look for Give Us This Day Our Daily Grin – A Fun-Lovers Guide to Spiritual Living and Growing now in print and e-book on Amazon Kindle and other e-formats Smashwords. Jo lives in northeast Arizona and writes a popular humorous weekly blog on her website, www.button-to-god.com.]