Everyone has a blind spot. When driving it’s that little sliver of space on the rear end of your car you have difficulty seeing in the mirrors and must turn your head and even then sometimes vehicles can be there undetected.
A few days back I was driving my son into town and I had to sit a bit on our quiet country road. It’s grape harvest time so the road can get filled with tractors and trucks and slow moving vehicles making their way from one field to another. I had to sit on this occasion because an 18 wheeled truck was trying to back down a long narrow road that lead to a winery. It was a tight fit. I was wondering if he’d master it or take out a few rows of vineyards with his attempt. A man stepped up and stood just to the side of the truck and gave hand signals to the driver. Then the driver got out and they both assessed the turn, made a plan and then the driver got back in and the man continued to guide his blind spot.
I watched all of this and then snapped a photo because I instantly thought:
“everyone needs someone to watch their blind spot”.
Blind spots aren’t just for driving. Life is full of them. That’s why God has given to his Church...each other! Together we are a collective force of unstoppable goodness! All with different gifts, spiritual gifts and talents we can navigate the course and stay on target. In the process, just like this driver, we will make the mark and we will collect the fruit instead of mowing it down. How awesome is that?
Here’s an example. I have had the gift of Discernment of Spirits my entire life. Never understood it when I was young, didn’t even understand what I was experiencing. Then as an adult I was groomed and mentored in it. God brought Godly women to me who explained and helped me understand this gift that had been entrusted to me. Once I knew, then it scared me for a bit. I didn’t particularly want it! I didnt want to see what I could see, feel what I could feel and discern what I was discerning! I grappled for years with the question, “why would God give such a gift? I’d rather not know!” But as I matured in it I realized what an incredible blessing it was! By the use of this gift I have avoided countless storms and attacks of the Enemy for both myself and my family. For my children’s sake I am enormously grateful for this gift! But I realize this gift isn’t just for myself and my family. It’s for the Body! Like a Watchman on the Wall I am a Soldier of Compassion guarding the blind spots for whomever and whatever God calls me to!
What are your gifts? What has God given you to do? What are you doing to grow in your gift and sharpen its skill? Gifts that aren’t used don’t get developed. Who else is waiting for you to use it?
We all need each other. So don’t worry—God has got you. He had assigned others to pray for you, guard your heart with you and collectively empower you to achieve all you can as we all work together collectively and in unity. God’s Family is amazing!
Who’s blind spot can you be watching today?
“We all have gifts. They differ according to the grace God has given to each of us. Do you have the gift of prophecy? Then use it according to the faith you have. If your gift is serving, then serve. If it is teaching, then teach. Is it encouraging others? Then encourage them. Is it giving to others? Then give freely. Is it being a leader? Then work hard at it. Is it showing mercy? Then do it cheerfully.”