One thing I can see clearly through blind eyes is that self-reliance is not all it's cracked up to be. I used to think that if I could just rely on myself – if I didn't have to depend on others – then I would experience real freedom.
But, blindness just makes total self-reliance impossible. And, to be honest, sometimes dependence on others can feel like prison bars which keep me from the freedom of independence.
But, lately, I am learning that having to depend on God and others actually provides greater freedom.
Self-reliance can be a form of bondage.
When we are chronically self-reliant it binds us to chains of isolation.
Hard things in our lives can break us free from the prison of self-reliance ... if we allow them to.
Hard things did that for the apostle Paul.
"We were crushed and overwhelmed beyond our ability to endure, and we thought we would never live through it. In fact, we expected to die" (2 Corinthians 1:8-9 NLT). Doesn't that kind of hardship sound like a dead end ... a prison?