I couldn’t see more than 20 metres ahead of myself. The roads were slick and snow covered and the incessant freezing rain had turned my route into a real life version of a track on some race car video game. Fun when you’re a kid, stressful when you’re an adult.
Just a few hours earlier, I had loaded up my vehicle and set out for a retreat centre located an hour north of Kingston, ON. Freezing rain had turned my driveway and subdivision roads into an ice rink. The main roads and highways seemed to be fine, but when I pulled off the 401 in Napanee, everything worsened. It was now very dark, the rain was heavy, and I had no idea where I was. Now, my GPS was keeping on track so I _knew where I was_ in one sense, but nothing around was familiar to me because I hadn’t been there before. As I slowly drove closer to my destination was I able to see everything clearly. The fuzzy glow ahead of me became more defined, buildings began to appear, and before long I was finally parked and inside sipping peppermint tea.
Have you ever had an experience like this?
The Bible records one time when Jesus heals a blind man (Mark 8:22-26). It actually records a few instances of miracles like this. However, in this particular instance, Jesus seems to heal the man in stages instead of all at once.
First, we’re told that Jesus spat on the man’s eyes, touched him, and then asked, “Do you see anything?” I know this seems strange. It is strange. Why did Jesus spit on the guy? I don’t know. But that’s how he chose to do it. And why did Jesus ask if he could see? Shouldn’t Jesus know if everything worked? Of course Jesus knew, he was doing something intentional. The man responds by saying that he can see people, but that they look like walking trees. Maybe this is where J.R.R. Tolkien found his inspiration for the Ents in Lord of the Rings. He could see something, but he couldn’t see clearly.
Jesus then touches his eyes again. This time, the man’s sight is fully restored and we’re told that he “saw everything clearly.”
This is often how we discover the truth about Jesus. We may have some preconceived notions about Jesus, spirituality, religion, etc., but if we’re truly desiring to see everything clearly, we have to trust Jesus to work in our own lives.
Only Jesus could heal this man of his blindness so that he could see everything clearly. Only Jesus can heal us from our spiritual blindness so that we can see him clearly.
There should be no assumption that people who follow Jesus and have a relationship with him understand all there is to be known about God. He has revealed himself to us in that we can know him and trust him, but there will always be more to discover. After all, if we could understand and know everything about him, he wouldn’t be God.
One thing I love about Jesus is that he is helping me to discover more about himself, he helps me to see more clearly, he helps me grow in understanding. Don’t be discouraged if you don’t understand everything. He may be revealing himself to you in stages. Soon you will be able to see everything clearly.