“To open blind eyes,
To bring out prisoners from the prison,
Those who sit in darkness from the prison house.”
I think one of the most useful street signs is Dead End. It takes away any doubt about going down that street. I was always instructed when headed in the wrong direction in life that the path I was taking was a “Dead End.”
Recently, I was directing a truck driver into our maintenance yard, he followed me all the way until we reached the gate. What he saw must have seemed like a dead end, and it would take a long time for him to get out of this unknown yard. After my consistent waving and drawing him in, he finally creeped his way towards this seemingly unchartered way. What he didn’t know is that our yard is designed for a truck his size to easily make a circle and face the way out. I approached his open window and asked “were you worried?” He said, “I thought for sure this was a dead end.”
The portion of scripture in Isaiah 42 is prophesy of the coming Messiah. Among other descriptive attributes is His ability to “open blind eyes.” I shared with our relieved truck driver that he was at a place where we specialize in showing men and women in bondage a way of escape by introducing them to Jesus, and that we would not lead him down a dead end road.
I love moments like that, when out of nowhere God reminds me of the message I am to carry for Him. A moment of reflection of my own journey when I too was a prisoner who sat in darkness. I too was a man weary and lost but was also skeptical of this idea of being a follower of Christ. Where would it lead me, how do I know if I’ll ever get out and could this be a “Dead End?”
Where else can you find yourself worshiping God and praising Him in the midst of a simple delivery? What a boost of refreshment on a hot summer day that I could reflect on the greatness of God. At the same time, feeling a burden for the truck driver who seemed very anxious to get on his way when I started the “Jesus” talk.
The way I see it is, we all come to that crossroad, one sign says “Dead End” and the other “Jesus.” Although our truck driver friend seemed to pull off the property and back on the road without a hitch, without Jesus, he’s heading down a dead end street.
Are you thankful today that God has opened your eyes? Are you aware that even though things may seem difficult and you can’t see a way out of your trials, that Jesus has made a way of escape? Maybe a tour through Isaiah 42 to be reminded that God has made a way out for all who call upon His Name. Amen!
Written by Rob Russomano: Rob Russomano is married to Terri, he is a graduate of the Colony of Mercy and a full time staff member. He is also available as a speaker of the grace of God with a message of Hope for church events. You can contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Daily Quote: “Where sin has been removed death can only interrupt the earthly life and usher in the heavenly.” – John MacArthur
This Week’s Verse to Memorize:
“But to You I have cried out, O Lord, And in the morning my prayer comes before You.” Psalm 88:13