Blind, Deaf and Foolish

You’re walking down a road with a blind man. He stops and says to you, “I believe the sky is red.”

You look up at the blue sky, free of all clouds. You tell the man, “The sky is blue.”

“No,” says the blind man. “I believe the sky is red, therefore it is.”

Because he has no sight, there is nothing you can do to prove to him that he is wrong.

You go to hear a symphony with a deaf man. The deaf man says to you, “I do not believe that a violin can make beautiful music just by moving a string across the others.”

You listen to the violinist play a solo, and you answer, “The violin in the soloist hands is making a beautiful sound.”

“No,” says the deaf man. “I do not believe the violin sounds beautiful, therefore it does not.”

Because the man cannot hear, there is nothing you can do to prove to him that he is wrong.

“The fool has said in his heart, ‘There is no God.’” Psalm 53:1 (NKJV)

Can you convince the foolish man he is wrong?


Dear God,

Please open our eyes to see You.

Please open our ears to hear Your speak

Please give us a voice to talk to the lost.

Help us the blind, deaf and lost to reach.


I woke up this morning with this little story going through my mind.  I got up thinking that when I sat down to put the story on paper, I would look up the scripture about the foolish man not believing in God.

Before I began to write, I read my devotions.  For my daily devotions I’m reading through the Chronological Study Bible and the scripture for me to read today began with Psalm 53.  How cool is that?

There have been many times lately when I will have certain things on my mind, and throughout the day little things happen that all relate to that specific topic.  One day I was discouraged, feeling like I should just give up pursuing this desire I have to write.  Three different times that day, God spoke to me through other people.  I felt Him telling me to continue doing what He’s asked me to do.  The first time was part of a message Dr. Stephen Davey was preaching on Wisdom for the Heart.  The second time was in the words of a song I heard on Joy FM.  And the third time, from a devotion someone was sharing.

It never ceases to amaze me that God would choose to speak to me.  But He does.  That is exactly what He wants to do with all of us as His children.

He has shown us how to live by giving us His Only Son to be an example – if we have eyes to see.  He speaks to us every time we read His Word – if we have ears to hear.  When we have accepted Him by faith, He places His Spirit within us, teaching us all we need to know.

But if we are like the blind man, we refuse to look to Jesus.

If we are like the deaf man, we refuse to listen to His voice.

And if we try to do things our own way, in our own strength, we are like the foolish man, believing we can make it without God.

My desire and my prayer is that I may:

…have eyes to see,

“Do you not say, ‘There are still four months and then comes the harvest’? Behold, I say to you, lift up your eyes and look at the fields, for they are already white for harvest!” John 4:35 (NKJV)

…have ears to hear

“My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me.” John 10:27 (NKJV)

…and be wise.

“The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life, And he who wins souls is wise. Proverbs 11:30 (NKJV)

One thought on “Blind, Deaf and Foolish

  1. Rick and Deb Miller

    Joan, what an incredible illustration. Thank you for sharing your God-given gifts and talents. Blessings. Love to your family.

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