Guide Canes and Basic Bible Navigation

A couple of weeks ago First Baptist provided some space for elementary aged kids enrolled in the BELL Program through the National Federation of the Blind.  Basically it was a two week day camp where students improve their skills in reading and writing Braille.  Other important activities included navigating with their canes, problem solving, communication, teamwork and practicing some life skills.  It was a really fun camp.  Most of the children used Kiddie canes which is a children’s version of the standard Guide cane.  There are different types of canes for different purposes but we cannot go into that now.

As the students took risks learning their way around the church one of my young friends who was alone walked himself right in the corner of the stairwell between the kitchen and the side entrance near the office.  There was a little humor about his dilemma because there is this huge sign in the shape of a hand pointing to the only way one can travel. He just could not see it.   After my young friend thought it through for a about five seconds he found his own way to the fellowship hall.  It is my guess that he took what he thought to be true in his mind, stopped, discovered the error and then recalled previous experiences and then soughtadditional input before turning left into the fellowship hall.  Ah, success and learning observed!  The additional input in this case happened to be the spoken words of his friends.  My role at the time was to simply watch learning happen and intervene only if this child was going to cause himself or others harm.

As you may know First Baptist is looking at some answers found in the Bible about some tough questions. The topics are both broad and specific and certainly controversial. The Bible seems very clear about some subjects and fuzzy on others.  There is no better time than  to practice our Bible navigation skills.  Let’s look at context, the authors’ intent; let’s go deep.  Yes, you might have to read a little about the Greek or Hebrew to extract its precise meaning.  One hour on a Sunday morning is not going to cut it.  We have to navigate daily.  Find the right “guide canes” as you go.  One thing is for sure.  At some point we will find ourselves in a corner just like my young friend with a cane in the stairwell.  He had to find the answer in about five seconds.  Will you be able to do that when asked a tough question?  

The key is practice, practice, practice.glenn7-17 - 2

Glenn Compton

Director of Pastoral Care