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Sometimes it’s a Process

August 22, 2023

Mark 8:22
He came to Bethsaida. They brought a blind man to him, and begged him to touch him.

One of my favorite episodes in the Gospels is found in Mark 8:22. Jesus encounters a blind man in need of healing.  One of the elements in this story is Jesus taking the blind man’s hand and leading him outside the village. This can be a reminder of the significance of getting away from the noise of life, the hustle and bustle of the crowds, or business of life and into a place of intimacy with our Creator. 

The blind man’s experience might resonate with our own spiritual journey. At times, we can find ourselves blinded by doubts, fears, or circumstances. Most times we prefer the quick response. It’s clear that Jesus can heal with a touch, or even just a word yet, here Jesus didn’t heal the man instantly. God working in our lives often unfolds in stages. In the case of the blind man, the first touch resulted in partial sight, symbolic of God’s initial work of grace in our hearts, granting us a glimpse of His truth.

Recently, I was listening to Benjamin Hastings singing the Father’s House (sidenote: Check out the album “Songs you maybe didn’t know I wrote) and one line from that song has been stuck in my head: The story isn’t over if the story isn’t good. For the blind man his story was not over. Jesus touched the man a second time, bringing complete restoration of his sight. This two-touch process highlights the importance of waiting and trusting in God’s time. Sometimes God’s plan for our lives requires waiting, but it is during this waiting period that our faith can be refined and strengthened.

We can learn from the blind man’s journey and embrace God’s two-touch process in our lives. When faced with challenges or delays, let us remain steadfast in prayer, knowing that God’s ultimate purpose is to bring us into full spiritual vision. Use these opportunities to grow in intimacy with Him, let your spiritual eyes be opened wider to perceive the depth of His love, the beauty of His plan, and the fullness of His glory. You can trust that at the end of whatever chapter you are in, the story will be good!

Tim S

   ’81 / ’99  Middletown  NY

Doris Jean H

’44/ ’55 Manheim PA

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