We visited our friends and were warmly welcomed by their dog, which is quite an expected canine response.
What was amazing is that our friends’ dog, Fudge, is blind! We would not have realised it if they had not told us. Fudge’s blindness did not hinder her one bit from giving us a most hearty welcome.
My only (human) explanation of Fudge’s genuinely warm welcome of us despite her visual impairment is that her true security cascades from a heart loved so unconditionally by her owners.
Ephesians speaks of the necessity of this “eye-heart” connection for our true identity and security. Paul the Apostle prays that the “eyes of your hearts” will be enlightened by God’s Spirit to know of every spiritual blessing we have from God through Jesus Christ (Ephesians 1:17-18).
In short, our true identity is found in being loved, chosen and saved by God (Ephesians 1:3-10). Jesus saves us from the tyranny of finding our security from the world (Ephesians 2:1-3).
Most of us have 20/20 human vision but are so spiritually and miserably blind about our identity and security. We run around desperately trying to feel secure from being needed, wanted and recognised by others.
Story is told of a child who is given the silent treatment by her parents each time her exam grades fall short of the norm. This poor child has just experienced the first pangs of “performance insecurity” which might scar and define her identity for life.
Our desperate need to be needed has many faces – a teenager seeking to be accepted, a spouse longing for a perfect marriage, a worker trying to suck up to bosses or a tired homemaker waiting for some affirmation.
It is a miserable business and destructive life trying to find our identity solely from human affirmation. Performance security and acceptance identity flows from the terrible triplet of ignoring God, glorifying self and distorting healthy relationships.
The worst thing is that we so blinded to this heartbreaking way of living by Satan and the world. There is no hope until God gives us spiritual eyes to see that our true assurance and joy is found solely in being graced and loved by Jesus (2:4-10).
May we spiritually see that it is Jesus’ sacrificial love that gives us a brand new heart that is so secure that it not only saves us but overflows to bless others (3:14-17).
By God’s grace, we might just be as secure as Fudge and be able to sing: “I was blind but now I see.” Time to have a spiritual eye-heart check up. Amen.