Mark 8:22-26: Lessons from a blind man’s healing.

“22-23 They arrived at Bethsaida. Some people brought a sightless man and begged Jesus to give him a healing touch. Taking him by the hand, he led him out of the village. He put spit in the man’s eyes, laid hands on him, and asked, “Do you see anything?”  24-26 He looked up. “I see men. They look like walking trees.” So Jesus laid hands on his eyes again. The man looked hard and realized that he had recovered perfect sight, saw everything in bright, twenty-twenty focus. Jesus sent him straight home, telling him, “Don’t enter the village.” NIV UK

The opening of someone’s eyes often begins with earnest prayer on their behalf (22). You have family, friends, colleagues, neighbours who are spiritually blind. It is obvious to you if not to them. ‘’The god of this age has blinded’’ their ‘’minds’’…so that they cannot see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God’’ (2 Corinthians 4:4). But things can change. God can ‘’make his light shine’’ in hearts to give ‘’the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ’’ (2 Corinthians 4:6). So, don’t lose heart. Pray on. ‘’Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever’’ (Hebrews 13:8).

But even as a believer, you may not see truth as clearly as you want or need to. You too may ask for the light of understanding. The context for this short story is telling. It comes between the disciples still failing to fully understand (18), and Peter’s wonderful confession (29; see Matthew 16:17), all-be-it a still imperfect one (32-33). The truth is that we disciples are a work in progress. We are not yet the finished article. One day, however, we will see ‘’everything clearly’’ (19; see 1 Corinthians 13:12). God has started His work in us, and He will certainly finish (Philippians 1:6).