In the Paralympics we can watch an amazing feat: totally blind skiers hurtling down slopes at highway speeds. How can they achieve such a feat?
Visually impaired and totally blind skiers are guided by a sighted team mate who calls changes in direction and terrain changes, either by voice signals or by radio communication, but no physical contact is allowed during the race.
The guide must ski in front of a visually impaired skier but can ski either in front of or behind a totally blind skier. They participate in both downhill speed events and slalom courses. This requires intensive team work. It is not a matter of a skier and a guide, even though their jackets may identify them in this way.
It is a definite team work,
requiring total trust on the part of the skier
and total dependability on the part of the guide.
Guiding is not an easy job. A guide has to be totally committed to the task, as a fraction of a second distraction could cause a serious accident for the blind skier.
The guide has to an expert, being able to ski faster and better, even at high speeds,
while at the same time concentrating 100% on his team mate.
As a Christian, I can relate to the blind skier.
(Physically, that would be an impossibility,
but on a spiritual level, there are many similarities)
I AM BLIND
when I depend on my own thoughts, understanding, desires.
I HAVE A GUIDE
who is fully qualified, who is totally dependable,
who will never lead me astray, who will direct me without fail
I MUST FOLLOW
my Guide implicitly and follow His instructions
with no deviation
My Guide, of course, is the Holy Spirit. The Word of God promises me that He will guide me always, and in the 53 of my 75 years that I have known, loved and served my loving heavenly Father, through the Lord Jesus Christ, He has never failed – and indeed He cannot fail.
When we cannot see our way,
Let us trust and still obey;
He who bids us forward go
Cannot fail the way to show.
Be it ours, then, while we’re here,
Him to follow without fear;
While He calls us, there to go,
What He bids us, that to do.