In the 1988 action film Bloodsport, Jean-Claude Van Damme plays a martial arts expert Frank Dux. The name is derived from a famous competition known as the Kumite. During the championship match, the defending champion who killed on of his opponents in a preliminary match, throws a foreign substance into Dux’s eyes. Blinded for a short time, Frank panics before relying on his training which carries him onto victory.
Saul got up from the ground, but when he opened his eyes he could see nothing. So they led him by the hand into Damascus, Acts 9:8.
The saying “you don’t know what you have until its gone” can be applied to several aspects in life. A soldier who relies on his strength may loose a limb or limbs in battle. Individuals may take forgranted a special relationship until death takes this person away prematurely. Meanwhile, a career or home can be ruined in a blink of an eye. Regardless of who you are or where you live, sooner or later you will be blindsided by a trial. How you respond will determine the path you take in life.
In all this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials, 1 Peter 1:6.
Looking back over the last 5 years of my life, I was forced to fight through adversity. Through some of the ups and downs, there were times I felt God turned his back on me. Yet, as I was blinded for a time, I learned that God never moved. Rather, I allowed bitterness, frustration and regret lead me to drift away into period of depression. However, like Jean-Claude Van Damme in the end of Bloodsport, my previous training in the Bible is helping me return to a victorious life in Christ.
by Jay Mankus