Sight and vision

One mission leader got sick and lost his sight due to some complication. His family and friends were worried, but he was confident. He made a great statement: “I have lost my sight, but not my vision.” Indeed, it was a stunning statement. Sight is a function of the eyes, it is physical. Vision is a function of faith, it is spiritual. Saul was blinded physically on the Damascus Road, but spiritually got vision of Risen Christ, to become Apostle Paul. (Acts 9) Paul exhorts us to walk by faith and not by sight. (II Corinthians 5:7)
1) Trusting God: Thomas who was not presented when resurrected Lord appeared to disciples in the closed room, wanted to touch and feel to believe. Lord gracious appeared to Him when he believed. Lord Jesus said: “Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.” (John 20:29)
2) Understanding God: Vision is the understand the attributes of God. Isaiah the Prophet had a great vision of God, when King Uzziah died. Probably, Isaiah looked towards throne in Jerusalem for his help or sustenance, when the king died, he had a vision of Heaven, God seated on the throne. As angels worshipped God singing: Holy! Holy! Holy! Isaiah understood God’s holiness and how sinful is his own personal life.
3) Embracing Eternity: The stalwarts of faith listed in the book of Hebrews are amazing. Their life was great as they lived on earth as strangers but embracing eternity by faith. “These all died in faith, not having received the things promised, but having seen them and greeted them from afar, and having acknowledged that they were strangers and exiles on the earth.” (Hebrew 11:13)
4) Pure in heart: Godly Vision is always grounded in holiness or purity. Lord Jesus taught: “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.” (Matthew 5:8) The blood of Lord Jesus Christ cleanses us from all sin. When we are washed in His blood, our hearts will be pure to have vision of God. (I John 1:7)
Do I have true vision?