“God won’t stop until we can see everything clearly.”
~David Lomas, The Truest Thing About You
Just when you start to think you have Jesus figured out, He spits in a man’s eyes to heal him in an unconventional way.
It’s the only gradual healing we find in the gospels. Typically, Jesus touched someone, or they touched Him, and His touch healed them instantly. At other times, He simply said the word, and a person was healed.
In Mark chapter 8, Jesus healed a blind man in a two-stage process. First, Jesus led the man outside of town and spit in his eyes.
I’m not even joking. And the oddness only increases. Because this is Jesus–who holds the power to heal anyone in any way—and it almost seems as if He messes up the miracle, at least the first time around. Read it for yourself:
…When he had spit on the man’s eyes and put his hands on him, Jesus asked, “Do you see anything?”
He looked up and said,
“I see people; they look like trees walking around.”
Once more Jesus put his hands on the man’s eyes.
Then his eyes were opened, his sight was restored, and he saw everything clearly. (Mark 8:23-25)
Now we all know Jesus didn’t mess up the miracle. He is able to do anything He wants, in any way He chooses. I think He healed the man in this unusual way in order to teach us some things about our spiritual sight.
Just before this healing, Jesus fed thousands of people with a tiny amount of food. He also walked on water, calmed a storm, healed many others, and cast out demons by the handful.
His disciples were near Him, and they watched it all. Yet they still didn’t see.
They still didn’t understand.
Jesus reminded them what He had done, right before their eyes. You can almost see Him shaking His head and asking,
“Do you still not understand?” (verse 21)
We can be really slow learners. We can be near the Lord, and still not see Him for who He really is. Things are still blurred.
We see something, a glimpse, and think we understand. Because we comprehend more now than we did before.
But maybe what we see is the equivalent of people who look like trees walking around.
Most of the opening of the eyes of our hearts, occurs progressively, over time.
Most of our spiritual progress can’t be measured by leaps or bounds.
Every conversion is different. Every restoration is unique. But many of us only see dimly when we come to Christ. Then He continues to touch us and restore our sight until it becomes clear.
This miracle illustrates the way He opened my eyes, and continues to open them to new and deeper truths year after year.
As Jesus heals our spiritual sight, we will see Him more and more.
He’s not done yet. He will be faithful to complete this good work He’s begun in each of us.
Does that stir up hope in your heart the way it does for me?
Dear Jesus, Make us see…