The following is inspired by Barbara Brown Taylor’s book Learning to Walk in the Dark.
The sighted person looks at the table. Within the blink of an eye they have taken in its size, shape and the material it is made of, then the eye moves instinctively on, to other objects and other assessments. The blind person bends to touch the table, to feel its shape and texture, to caress its curves, corners and imperfections. Both now have a concept of the table but the blind person knows the table in a way that the sighted person does not; it has taken longer but the blind person’s encounter goes deeper, is less superficial. Truly the blind can show the sighted how to see.
And God’s encounter with us is more like that of the blind than the sighted. God takes time to get to know us, to truly know us, taking in our perfections and understanding how they shape us and gives us our own unique texture. There is a slowness at the heart of God that takes our relationship deeper and makes love more real; slow to judge but thankfully quick to understand.
Learning to walk in the dark helps us understand more of the ways of God.