Running the Race Blind

One night at youth groupoh, about twenty years agothe youth pastor announced a race. We needed a partner for this race, and one of us needed to be blindfolded.

Foolishly, I volunteered to be the blindfolded one. Then the youth pastor shouted, “Go!”

It was more like a game of tug-o-war than a race. My  partner kept trying to race ahead while I kept pulling back. I couldn’t see anything, and I was afraid of stepping into a hole or tripping over an object. I was afraid of getting hurt.

My partner kept yelling, “This way! Follow me. Come on! Trust me.”

But I didn’t want to. I wanted to move slowly. I wanted to trust my own self-protective instincts. I wanted to crawl and feel my way across the finish line.

It was total chaos as all the seeing partners shouted similar pleas to their blind companions. I regretted volunteering for the blindfold. I wished I were the seeing partner instead. Surely, their job was easier than this nonsense of blindly following along!

The youth pastor had a point to make.

With our own eyes and ears and understanding, we prefer to do the leading, rather than the followingrather than the trusting.

In a similar way, our relationship to God is kind of like holding the hand of a seeing Partner. God sees infinitely more than we ever could.

Certain trials resemble that same dark night. Blindfolded. And running a race we didn’t choose for ourselves.

Sometimes it’s tempting to just plop down, and perhaps sulk a while. But there is another choicea choice to lean not on our own understanding, but to trust the One who can faithfully lead us.

Of course, this is a whole lot easier said than done. But He really is Someone we can trust.

Have you ever ran a race blindfolded?

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding;
In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.” Proverbs 3:5-6

Today, I’m joining Lisa-Jo, taking 5 minutes to write about “trust.”

36 thoughts on “Running the Race Blind

  1. This is wonderful, Denise!
    What you wrote: “In a similar way, our relationship to God is kind of like holding the hand of a seeing Partner. God sees infinitely more than we ever could.” So true and yet I still struggle to trust and I can trust that He is patient with me in the process. Have a blessed weekend 🙂

  2. Oh, yes! I can so picture this, and what a good analogy. Sometimes I really do feel like I’m running blind and the fear does start to overwhelm the trust.

  3. Oh my sweet friend –
    This is lovely. Poignant, and familiar, and uncomfortable, and at the same time amazing because of the truth that it reminds us of.

    In our own wisdom, we try to fix, and to do, and to solve and to know.
    But are we struggling against the great artist, and HIS plan?

    Thank you!

  4. This is speaking to me. I feel like I’m running a little blind right now. I know what I’m supposed to be running away from, but I don’t know which direction God wants me to run towards. So your words are encouraging me to take one step at a time and trust that He WILL lead me and direct my path. Thanks.

  5. I love how you say, “With our own eyes and ears and understanding, we prefer to do the leading, rather than the following—rather than the trusting. Oh, yes, guilty as charged. I am so glad I can trust Him…cause I don’t trust me!

  6. I’m being led that same life right now. All that I knew, all that was steady and stable in my life has been turned upside down. I thought it would be a short while before order was restored and I could continue on my happy way. God had other ideas – that was 2 years ago, and still every day has no order or stability. I’ve had to learn to lean on God and trust him like never before. And sometimes with my blinded eyes that haven’t known where I’m going for 2 years, the hand that guides me has felt strong and so reassuring, and other times it has been the merest spider thread to hang on to that is blown around. Still I trust, because the spiderweb is there. Thank you for your encouraging words today.

  7. Great post. I’ve never done the blindfold thing but I have done the one where you fall backwards and trust the person behind you will catch you. It’s hard to let go and trust!

  8. oh, i loved this! what a word picture you’ve drawn for me, and yes, i would be so hesitant, so wanting to just walk/crawl/scoot along. and that is exactly what i do with God so many times.
    ah, the conviction.
    great sharing this day.
    steph

  9. Oh yes, Denise, this:

    “In a similar way, our relationship to God is kind of like holding the hand of a seeing Partner. God sees infinitely more than we ever could.”

    YES! I survive on this fact. Knowing that He sees beyond what I do, and I can trust His vision is perfect. Beautiful! Blessings, sweet friend!

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