Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Blind Faith

Recently, we went to Lagoon (for those of you not from Utah, Lagoon is an amusement park). At the end of the day Justin, Ashton, and Uncle John all decided that they really needed to get in one last ride. And it is the mother of all rides "The Wicked". As they waited in the long line Elyssa and I decided we were going to go and get an icee to share while we waited. On our way back to watch the long line of Passengers snake around the area, we watched as a man led a blind woman to "the WICKED" line. Before I knew it I looked up just in time to notice that this man had abandoned his blind person in the line. She struggled as the line moved forward. She struggled to keep moving with the line. But as the line was not straight it was not long before she was not in line anymore. Try as she might with her stick she was not able to find the line. Almost immediately 2 young men grabbed her and took her up to the handicapped lane.

Now about "the WICKED". It is a roller coaster and each car has stadium seating. As you strap in and get going it shoots you out at something like 50 miles per hour, and you head straight up, next you top the tower and head straight down. Throw in a couple of corkscrews alot of speed, and you have "the WICKED". Something I hope never to experience! Just give me and Icee and I am happy to people watch...

When justin came off the ride I asked him if he saw the blind woman. He replied that not only did he see her he sat next to her on the ride. We eventually came to the conclusion that she did not have a seeing-eye-person who had abandoned her in line. As we were getting ready to leave the area and head to the main gates I saw this same blind woman stuck not knowing where to go ahead of us( for being blind she sure was a speedy gonzales). I walked up to her and asked if she needed help getting somewhere specific. She informed me that she would like to get to the front of the park. So I became her Seeing-eye-person. As I led her she told me how much she had enjoyed "the WICKED". She then asked me to describe where we were and what we were passing. I told her that we were passing the carousel and the stage and to our left was the White roller coaster. So then she gets very excited and says she really wants to go on the white roller coaster. So I steered her toward the coaster line and got her on her way making sure that both hands were on both rails before I walked away. I did not want to leave her there I was afraid that she would not make it to the place she wanted to go, I was afraid people would be mean and not help her, I was afraid for her! And then I abandoned my blind person....

And yet this woman this BLIND woman had no fear she completely embraced the unknown! She boldly went where she wanted, and she was having a great time. She was so trusting, she had faith that I would take her where she wanted to go. Oh how I wished I had that kind of faith. The kind of faith that just lets go and lets God lead me. Whith out having to see what is in front what is coming my way, what is surrounding me. Just to trust and believe that he will get me where I need to go. Knowing that He will get me through the chaotic amusement park of life. The ground is uneven and there are throngs of people everywhere. There are obstacles I need to traverse, And yet I know he will not leave my side but it is I who lets go of my Lord, my Leader. So often I think I can make it on my own but that is when I find I am no longer in line and I can not find my way back I am stuck. I run into stone walls and can not find my way around them alone. I get stuck again and again. How many times will I let go of my Guide before I learn to have blind faith and let Him lead me????

1 comment:

Fisher's said...

tissues please! I need tissues!