August 16

Gradual Healings, Part 2

Mark 8:22-24 Then [Jesus] came to Bethsaida; and they brought a blind man to Him, and begged Him to touch him. So He took the blind man by the hand and led him out of the town. And when He had spit on his eyes and put His hands on him, He asked him if he saw anything. And he looked up and said, “I see men like trees, walking.”

We’re repeating yesterday’s scripture, but stopping in mid-story to make a point.

When Jesus was halfway done with his healing of the blind man, he asked if he saw anything. He looked up (as Jesus later asked him to do after touching him again—see yesterday’s devotional) and responded, “I see men like trees, walking,”

Now if you had been a witness, your first thought would have been, “Hey, we’re halfway there. But this isn’t complete yet.” Why not? Because people aren’t trees, and this man viewing them as trees doesn’t make them trees.

Can you imagine what this person would have concluded about men, trees and many other things in nature if he had only received a partial healing? What conclusions—silly, dangerous or otherwise—might he have come to? What might he have concluded if men looked like trees to him? What false insights might he have come to? His view of man was skewed, and his view of nature was distorted. Would you have trusted any conclusions that would have arisen from such distorted perceptions?

If we are not completely healed by God in an area, we are like this man. Of course scripture makes it clear (I Corinthians 13:9,12) that we know and see only in part. But when the Lord really shows us something, it’s usually characterized by its clarity. When He does a work, He may take His time, but He is working to bring it to a completion. Many of us have been wounded and abused, or have been beaten down by life. We may have received some healing, but in terms of God, others, and ourselves we may still “see men like trees, walking.”

Jesus’ second touch involved putting His hands on him and asking him to look up. We may well need that touch to be able to see things correctly, and come to godly conclusions about our Lord and life. If we can look at James 3 and our conclusions pass the test of verse 17 (they should be “pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality and without hypocrisy”), then we are seeing clearly. If not, and our conclusions are judgmental, unloving or don’t line up with scripture, then we need another touch to see things rightly.

Prayer: Lord, touch me again so that I can see clearly. Show me where I am still seeing things vaguely, or even wrongly. Touch my heart and heal my spiritual sight. And for areas in which I’ve come to wrong conclusions because I saw things so inaccurately, please help me backtrack, repent if necessary, and allow you to “recalibrate” me correctly.