By Rinand C. Escuban
Going home from work I took the subway from Spadina Avenue to Victoria Park Avenue.
I was seated beside a blind man, who I presumed was in his 60’s.
The train reached Victoria Park Station. I walked towards the stairs when I noticed my seatmate, holding with his right hand his walking stick, extending it forward, and with every step taps the concrete floor left and right for an obstacle to his path.
I was wondering how he can manage to go to the bus’ waiting area as he has to take 30 steps down the stairs and walk another 50 meters to where the bus is.
I asked, “Can I help you go down the stairs?” “Sure,” he replied with a smile.
Reaching the ground level he asked, “What bus do you take?”
“24A,” I answered.
“And yours?” I inquired.
“12C,” his prompt reply.
“I will take you there,” I offered.
“Oh, thank you,” he responded with a nod.
Walking briskly towards the bus I curiously asked, “Won’t you mind if I ask you something?”
His face brightened and his eyes though curtained by blindness widened, “No. What is it?”
“Don’t you find it difficult walking and traveling alone in a city as big as Toronto?”
He straightened his posture as if to declare something everyone needs to know, “No. I have done this since I was five. I can see things with the eyes of faith. The world is kind to me.”
He went inside the bus led by his walking stick.
Once seated he glanced at the direction he believed where I was and waved goodbye.
Faith opens the eyes of our hearts to see things that human eyes can’t.
There is always something good waiting for those who possess the right attitude.
Obstacles litter our path but no one can stop us from going to our destination when we have faith in God and the right attitude to guide us.
This testimony and reflection was first published on Rinand’s Facebook and was reposted with his permission.
PHOTO CREDIT: Sam Javanrouh via Flickr Creative Commons License