What Do You Want Me to Do for You?
Stevie Wonder (the singer) and Jack Nicolas (the golfer) are sitting around the pool talking. Inevitably the conversation turns to golf and Nicolas is surprised to find out that Stevie Wonder, who is blind, has been playing golf for years.
The golf pro can't believe it. He wants some details so Stevie Wonder explains how he does it: "My caddy stands out in the middle of the fairway and calls out to me. I listen for the sound of his voice and play the ball towards him. Then when I get to where the ball lands, the caddy moves further down the green, shouts out and I hit the ball again.
Nicolas is obviously impressed but then asks, "But how do you putt?" The famous singer replies: "Well, I get my caddy to lean down in front of the hole and call to me with his head on the ground and his mouth just over the cup. I just play the ball towards his voice."
Nicolas finds all this very amazing and then asks Wonder if they can play a round sometime. Stevie agrees but says that because people don't take him very seriously he only plays for money and he never plays for less than $10,000 a hole. Nicolas thinks about it for a minute and then says, "OK, that's serious money, but I'm up for it. When do we play?"
To which Steve Wonder answers, "You name the night."
This morning I want to talk about another blind man. Instead of being a professional golfer or a famous musician, this guy was wiped out by life. Because he was not able to see, he spent his days sitting by the fairways and highways, just waiting for someone to give him a shekel or a piece of bread.
Take your Bible and turn to Luke 18:35 and lets look at one of our Lord's gracious acts of mercy. Blindness was a very common problem in Palestine. Generally, one who was blind was never healed. In the city of Lydda, the saying was that everyone was either blind or had only one eye. In Jaffa, there were 500 blind people out of a population of ...
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