Ever been caught in fog so thick it would be best to stop your vehicle, climb out and feel your way down the road for safety sake? Don’t you just hate it when you can’t see, whether that be in weather related situations, or in a darkened room, when you KNOW if you proceed you will definitely find that coffee table as it re-introduces itself to … your shin.
Sight. Perhaps at times we take it for granted, I know I have and do. Lack of sight, can be disabling. Besides literally having sight with our physical eyes, there is (metaphorically speaking) numerous kinds of sight. We see with our heart – there are times we see with our intuition, with wisdom, and yes with our spirit.
Recently I took a look (in the Book) of three mentions of Jesus healing the blind (Mark 8, Luke 18, and John 9) Each have amazing elements, but I’d like to focus on Mark 8:22~26. Jesus and the disciples are in Bethsaida, a blind man is brought to Him. The man is taken by the hand, as Jesus leads him out of the village. Here’s the interesting part, “He (Jesus) had spit on the man’s eyes and put His hands on him…” Ah, you think I jest, but NO! ( it’s there … v. 23) Jesus SPIT on him … on his eyes. Ok, be honest … ‘eewwWW!’ However, if anyone is going to spit on me, it better be JESUS!
BUT, (isn’t there always a ‘but’ with the good stuff) Jesus didn’t stop there. I find it fascinating with all His God authority, He didn’t just walk away, wave His hand and extend a blessing, KNOWING the man was fully healed. Yet He stayed, Jesus stayed. He asked the guy “So how is it now, what do you see?” Love the guys response, “Well … a bit better, I see trees, the people look like trees walking around.” (DeDe’s paraphrase) Notice the dialogue? Jesus AGAIN touched his eyes, then he saw ‘everything clearly’. To some this is a nice documentation of one of Jesus’ miracles, to me it is an honest look at how much Jesus cares. He wanted the vision to not be ‘so-so.’ But CLEAR. I sense, He wanted the man to process with Him, engage conversation. He wanted the man to KNOW by experience that He heals thoroughly, and He was right there with him.
Interesting side note: When the man initially says “I see…” the word indicates he had sight, the ‘ability’ to see, that’s about it. When Jesus touched him again, he ‘saw‘ everthing clearly, a different word, this time, his sight was with discernment, his eyes were able to focus with perception, detail. Hm…. Jesus didn’t just want him to have ‘ability’ – He wanted it BEYOND!
Yes, there is physical sight, and by golly these eyes need some help, (wearing my ever intense reading glasses even now) but my heart and spiritual sight needs help as well, I know “I see trees.” I don’t focus as I should, my spiritual sight isn’t full of discernment. Sure I have the ability, but Jesus wants MORE! Jesus want us to see ‘clearly’. Oh, Jesus wont literally spit in our eyes (relax) but He wants us to desire to see with clarity. There are MANY things we don’t see.
Jeremy Camp so poetically wrote, and we sing:
‘You opened my eyes to Your wonders anew
You captured my heart with this love
Because nothing on Earth is as beautiful as You’
Open our eyes Lord … with preception and detail. Allow us to focus, and see YOU, Your stuff, Your people, Your circumstancs. It is written, He will touch again, Jesus stays, there will be dialogue, we will see clearly.
What do YOU see?
In Him, DeDe (“Let us consider how we may spur one another on towards love & good deeds” ~ Heb. 10:24)