601. The Dirty Windshield

“I learned a very valuable lesson yesterday,” Stan began, “and I’m thankful to God it was not an expensive or a tragic one.”

“What was that all about?” I asked.

“My wife and I were driving home through a residential neighborhood,” Stan said.  “It was late in the afternoon and the sun was low on the horizon.”

Continuing, he added, “The windshield on the car was dirty, but I didn’t realize it was as bad as it was until I was driving right towards the setting sun.  I was blinded and almost hit a jogger who was in a crosswalk.  Didn’t even see her until the last second when God intervened.”

“Wow!” I responded.  “Close call.  Must have frightened you.”

“Big time,” Stan said.  “As soon as I got home I cleaned the windshield both inside and out.  Don’t ever want that to happen again.”

“While I was cleaning the windshield,” he continued, “I kept thanking God for watching out for me and for the woman.  The thought that kept running through my mind, likely through the Holy Spirit, is what the apostle Paul wrote in his second letter to the church in Corinth about being blinded.”

“Blinded by the sun?” I asked.

“No,” Stan replied.  “Paul was writing about Satan blinding unbelievers to the truth.”

“He can do that?” I asked.

“Oh, yeah,” Stan replied. “Satan had me blinded that way for a long time.”

“Thankfully,” he added, “I finally came to the truth and the blinders were removed.  Just like I was able to see the woman in the crosswalk, I was able to see the truth God had for me before it was too late.”

“How did you remove the blinders?” I asked.

“By accepting the finished work of Christ on the cross,” Stan replied.  “Then embracing all the Holy Spirit has for me.”

Concluding, he added, “Just like John Newton in his wonderful song, ‘Amazing Grace’, I was blind, but now I see.  All by the grace and mercy of God in and through Christ Jesus!”


And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing, in whose case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelieving, that they may not see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.  2 Corinthians 4:3, 4.

Prayer:  Thank you, Father, for the truth of your provision of life eternally with you when it’s time through the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus.  Thank you, too, for the truth of the eternal life of being able to know you and Jesus on this side of eternity.  Thank you for providing for the removal of Satan’s blinders so I could see, accept, and embrace the truth.  Please help me in following every step of your lead into the deepest personal relationship with you that is humanly possible so I am never blinded by anything of Satan.  Thank you I can and do bring these prayers before you in the name of Jesus.  Amen.

Think on this:   Do you believe Satan has the power to blind you to seeing the truth of God and the truth of all of His provision?  Why or why not?  If you believe Satan does have that power, how can you keep from being blinded?  If you are presently blinded, how can those blinders can be removed?  Is that something you want for every area of your life?  Can you do it on your own?  If not, where can the help come from?

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