A blind man stumbles about a darkened room searching for a key to a locked door. Upon finding it after much time and difficulty, he unlocks the door and walks outside. He is free, but he is still blind, and now, he is vulnerable to the very openess and freedom which he anxiously sought while in his prison. No longer imprisoned, but needing still, eyes. Crying out to God in bitter tears and agony of soul for a long time, the man is given eyes. He rejoices and leaps and dances for hours, reveling in the light. He feels vindicated in his struggles and exults in victory......... But time passes, his enthusiasm softens into a happy peace, but also a slight unsettled anxiousness as well, for as he loses focus on the gift of sight and begins to focus on what he sees around him, he realizes he has no idea where he is. He sits and meditates on his past, how safe he was in his darkened room. He wonders about his future. What dangers and discoveries await his arrival? Finally, he gets up in his present and begins to walk, seeking his way through a startling new world.
This parable speaks to the prison of ignorance. The first stage is ignorance lack of knowledge. The second stage is ignorance lack of vision. The third stage the polarizing joy of first sight. The last stage is seeking and finding as the Way.
Prolonged anger is an inner conflict with oneself projected onto a substitute target.
Lord, help me take what I want off the top of my prayer that you will use me as you will.