A few mornings ago, I set out for a long walk on the country roads near my home; I had a lot of thinking/praying to do about life and its “stuff.” Not too far into my walk, however, I noticed everything was a little blurry. I cleaned my sunglasses, but to no avail. It was then that I realized that I had forgotten to put in my contacts.
Wow, what a deficiently far-sighted walk this was going to be: “Is that a rabbit or a squirrel… a butterfly or a leaf… a stick or a snake?” The trees were even making me a little dizzy due to their wind-blown massive movement.
These swaying trees made me think of this Scripture passage:
And they came to Bethsaida. And they brought a blind man to Him, and entreated Him to touch him. And taking the blind man by the hand, He brought him out of the village; and after spitting on his eyes, and laying His hands upon him, He asked him, “Do you see anything?”
And he looked up and said, “I see men, for I am seeing them like trees, walking about.” Then again He laid His hands upon his eyes; and he looked intently and was restored, and began to see everything clearly. Mark 8:22-26
Ok, first of all, what’s up with the “spitting”? I guess we have to remember that Jesus is fully God and fully man, and men like to spit. I’m sure this kept the attention of all the tough guys in the crowd watching this restoration process. And secondly, what’s this: “I see men… like trees walking about?” What an odd line of scripture to decipher.
I think this peculiar encounter with Christ teaches us about faith. First, we read that the blind man was brought to Jesus by friends. Then the blind man was willing to be led by Jesus Himself to an appointed place. Consequently, Jesus began His wonderful work, in His time and in His way. As the blind man waited on the Lord, his faith grew in the Lord. He didn’t waver or run half-way through the process. He simply trusted the hands that held him.
What about you? Are you wondering what in the world God is doing in your faith walk? Do things just not add up, almost to the point you are dizzily confused? Be willing to be led, my friend, and believe He is always at work for your good and for His glory. And as you wait on Him, do not waver in the truths of His word. Because God’s word to you, is just like Jesus’ hands were to that blind man long ago.
The unfolding of Your words gives light; it gives understanding to the simple. Psalm 119:130
How thankful I am for His word as I journey through this chaotic world with a simple faith. Likewise, how thankful I was to put my contacts in my eyes after that confusing country walk. Because I can see clearly now, they are one and the same.