What God Looks Like, To a Blind Woman

By Marcia MorrisseyContributor to Patheos.com What Does Good Look Like? I come at this question from a little different point … Continued

By Marcia Morrissey
Contributor to Patheos.com

What Does Good Look Like?

I come at this question from a little different point of view. I lost my sight when I was 24 years old. I am totally blind, and have never seen my husband, son, daughter-in-law, or two precious granddaughters. I know them intimately — they are the closest people to me in my life — but I have never “seen” them. My son, David was born about four years after I lost my sight, and I was blind when I met and married my husband, Ed.

Yet I do “see” them. I can see them profoundly, in so many other ways. Through my other senses I “see” them. I can touch them, hear them, know them in the inside; their personalities, and all that that involves — ups, downs, moods and more.

Everyone wonders what God looks like, but the question can’t be answered on this side of heaven. The Bible gives us glimpses, but God is a mystery, and Spirit. We have the Lord, Jesus Christ who came down to earth in human form — the Incarnational mystery. We have Moses confronting God in the Burning Bush; his very name, “I AM” denotes mystery. When Jesus identifies himself to soldiers in the Garden of Gethsemane, he says “I am he . . . ” and the soldiers fell back, because the power of that name — the name of God — knocked all of them down. Or, perhaps, it was the name combined with the face of God, revealed in Christ.

In some ways I think that my blindness gives me an advantage. Not being able to see people with my eyes, when I meet new people I “see” them in perhaps a deeper, more accurate way. I “see” who they really are, and I am not stalled or prejudiced by outward appearances.

In some ways I think it is a little like knowing “what God really looks like.” I will know what my dear husband, son, daughter-in-law, and granddaughters look like when this life is over and we are with the Lord. I will also “see” God then, too.

I really don’t have to know what they, or God really looks like now. I know, love, and have an intimate relationship with my family, friends, and with God, and that is enough for me. That is true sight.

One time I told a friend in amazement, “The first thing I will be able to see again will be the Lord’s face!” Wow, I can’t imagine how wonderful that will be! It will be that way for everyone, but can you imagine not being able to see for so long, and then open your eyes, and see the Lord looking at you with so much love?

Marcia Morrissey is a wife, mother, and grandmother of two sweet little granddaughters in Minnesota. Her husband, Ed, is a writer for hotair.com.

This essay is part of a current series on “What Does God Really Look Like?” at Patheos.com.

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  • lufrank1

    The Bible doesn’t give us a glimpse of heaven.