Five years ago, Ian Kirby, 20, of Hind head in the south of England, went blind with a rare disease of the eyes. Doctors told him that he would never see again.
Then, just before Christmas, 1984, he went into a hospital to have two wisdom teeth removed. He awoke from the operation and astonished the doctors by saying that he could see. Lights were appearing through the bandages around his head. The London Daily Mail reported Kirby’s excitement in the following words: “As he regained consciousness Kirby shouted excitedly to nurses that he could see for the first time in five years.” (The Muslim, Islamabad, January 5, 1985). Doctors said that it was probably the effect of the anaesthetic that had restored his sight.
Kirby went blind in the physical sense. The eyes of his body lost their vision. But everyone in this world goes blind in another, more important way. They lose their spiritual vision. The eyes on their soul which provide a clear picture of reality cease to function correctly, and the picture becomes blurred or obscured absolutely.
We have lost the world of transition, but gained the world of eternity; we have lost illusion and gained reality; we have lost a couple of ‘teeth’, but regained our ability to see things as they really are.