What do blind people dream about?
Do they dream in pictures, or in sensations and sounds?
Researchers tell us that it depends on when they lost their sight.
The brains of those who went blind after ages five to eight will have received a lot of visual inputs during the years when they could still see. These individuals are able to form visual dreams using the images stored in their memory banks for a good while after they’ve lost their sight.
People who are blind from birth are different, researchers say. The brains of these individuals have no visual images to work with, so they don’t dream in pictures like the rest of us. Instead, their dreams are based on input from the other senses: sound, taste, smell, or touch.
The upshot is that the blind can only dream using the inputs they’ve received.
Isn’t this true for all of us, in a way?
We can only dream about achieving or receiving things based on the examples that have been “inputted” into our minds. If we have never seen a real-life example that something is possible, we’ll probably never dream about it for ourselves.
That’s why it’s so important to read Biblical accounts and modern-day testimonies of how God has intervened in the lives of people: redeeming them, healing them, and restoring them.
When we see how God has worked in the lives of others for their good, that becomes an “input” that can form the basis for our own dreams. After all, God doesn’t change. If He can do it for them, He can do it for us, too.
So saturate your mind with Biblical accounts of the love of God, His healing power, and His ability to make a way where there is no way. This will increase your faith to dream that God can do the same sorts of things for you.
“The LORD opens the eyes of the blind. The LORD lifts up those who are weighed down. The LORD loves the godly.” (Psalm 146:8)
Don’t remain blind to what God may want to do in your life. Don’t just look at how things are and assume that’s the way they’ll always be. If that’s all you focus on, the same-old, same-old, then that’s all you’ll believe is possible.
Instead, pour fresh inputs into your mind: Biblical examples and contemporary accounts of how God has turned things around for the better in people’s lives. How He has restored their marriages, healed their sicknesses, and given them favour and provision.
Above all, open your eyes to the indescribable gift that God has made available to you in the person of His Son. Jesus offers you forgiveness of your sins thanks to His atoning work on the Cross. He offers you His love and fellowship here on earth. He offers you the possibility to spend eternity with Him in Heaven.
Focus on the unimaginable love your Heavenly Father has for you, His miracle-working power, and His desire to work on your behalf for good.
Input these Biblical truths into your mind on a daily basis.
And then see what dreams may come!
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