Points to Ponder: Blind Ducks and Street Lamps

Points to Ponder
Blind Ducks and Street Lamps
By Pastor Whitmore
Weekly Contributing Writer

Feeding the ducks at City Park is a favorite pastime for my daughter and me. They seethe cracked corn flying from our hands, and instantly they come waddling our way.
One particular duck followed the crowd, yet he was not going after the food that was falling right at his feet. Others ducks quickly grabbed it up; however, this one just went about looking, but not eating. As we observed him awhile, we noticed that this duck was blind. No matter how close to him we put down the food, he couldn't see it. As he headed off into the water and paddled away, I wondered how it could survive surrounded by food that it could not perceive was there.
That duck reminded me of people I've met. Most of us go through a season in our youth when we think we know it all. I sometimes think that God created teenagers to get back at their parents; as if He's saying, "See, now you know what it's like to deal with you."
A blind duck is hungry, but how can he find the good food? No doubt he is seeking after it, but he can't see it, even when the hand of a gracious provider is trying to put it right in his path. Such is the way of the arrogant human who isn't perceiving the plain truth; he hasn't got the eyes with which to see it.
"The lamp of the body is the eye. Therefore, when your eye is good, your whole body also is full of light. But when your eye is bad, your body also is full of darkness." (Luke 11:34)
How can the "light in you" be darkness? Consider again the blind duck. He can't perceive that the answer to his need is right in front of him.
Likewise, the arrogant, the big talker, the "Know-it-all" goes about claiming to be filled. Yet what he is full of is himself and a lot of hot air. And he too is blind.
Because of the sin condition, no one is born with a virtuous character. It doesn't come naturally. Character, godly character, is not developed in a vacuum or on one's own. As we journey through life, truth arises within our sight and our hearing. Picture the city street lamps. They begin to come on as the sun sets. As the avenues darken, and we become aware of this world and its shady ways, there are lights of truth and words of wisdom we can receive for guidance.
The proud, the wicked, those who are wise in their own eyes, believe in their own lighting. And being self-deceived, they pilot their lives onto paths that affirm them in it. To them evil becomes a good, and good is an evil, putting "darkness for light and light for darkness" (Isaiah 5:20). Their character is a reflection of what is within, thus they cannot see.
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Therefore Jesus warns:
"Therefore take heed that the light which is in you is not darkness." (Luke 11:35)
Men and women of godly character travel a road that is often strewn with obstacles and dark holes. Be encouraged, you who strive to live honorably. The lamps do come on. We will contend with people who are spiritually blind. Like that duck, you can't even hand the good food to them.
"Unto the upright there arises light in the darkness; he is gracious, and full of compassion, and righteous. Surely he will never be shaken; the righteous will be in everlasting remembrance. He will not be afraid of evil tidings; his heart is steadfast, trusting in the Lord." (Psalm 112:4, 6-7)
There is no lasting future for the wicked. There will come a Day when all accounts are settled.
Trust in the One who is forever. Fear not those whose days are numbered, and counting down.

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