You’ve heard the oft quoted expression, There’s an app for that? Well, there’s a new app for blind people. It’s a non- profit app called “Be My Eyes,” and it allows sighted people to “lend their eyes” to those with visual impairments. Developed by a visually impaired man in Denmark, it connects blind people to sighted volunteers through video chat. The volunteer can answer questions because they can see the blind person’s surroundings using their phone’s camera.
This is a seriously good and practical idea. Just image all the challenges blind and visual impaired people face on a daily basis. Here’s a good example: an “app user connected with a young man who wanted to know the expiration date of the milk in his refrigerator. The visually impaired man positioned his phone’s camera to the top shelf. Looking at the image of the milk carton on his phone, the app user said, ‘I wouldn’t drink that if I were you.'”
Wouldn’t it be nice if there was a “Be My Spiritual Eyes” app for those of us who are spiritually blind, or who are seeking God’s guidance and direction? Of course, in an old school way there is. The Bible is a “Be My Spiritual Eyes” app: “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path” Psalm 119:105 (ESV).
And it gets better than that! Christian friends can be spiritual eyes for us. Those who have traveled farther on their spiritual journey than we have are a wonderful resource for us. The truth is, we need others to be our eyes and ears, especially during stressful times. Sometimes, we need a caring friend to say, “I wouldn’t drink that if I were you.”
This is one of the many blessings of being in a church family.