I was having one of those humbling/trying weeks where nothing seemed to go right. As I was about to have a pity party for myself, I stumbled upon an article on the top 25 most adventurous men of the last 25 years. Number 23 on this list was Erik Weihenmayer for kayaking through the Grand Canyon. This feat may seem relatively obscure unless of course you consider the fact that Eric is blind.
Jesus said to him, “Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed,” John 20:29.
This incredible journey is detailed in the book No Barriers. While I have had my own eye issues over the past 20 years, I am still able to see the beauty of God’s creation. As someone who has canoed and kayaked down river rapids, past guides trained me to look for the V. This is the safest place to enter rapids. However, down one sense, Erik Weihenmayer has to rely solely on his hearing. This is where ability and faith meet, trusting in God to get you down stream safely.
Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen, Hebrews 11:1.
It’s only fitting that I discovered No Barriers while waiting to see my eye doctor. Despite my fears of glaucoma, I experienced a divine appointment with the Lord this afternoon. Instead of feeling sorry for myself, this article was like a kick in the butt to persevere. If Erik Weihenmayer can kayak blind through class four rapids on the Colorado River, then the Lord can still use my decaying body to bear spiritual fruit. The only barriers that exist are seeds of doubt which cause many individuals to give up before obtaining your dreams in life.
by Jay Mankus