[8.22-23] 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?”
Lord Jesus-There are no sure fire recipes for miracles, it is never that neat. This man was brought to you by friends who begged for his healing. I wonder if there were Pharisees in the crowd that brought this man to you. This person was in need and he had friends that were concerned for him. I wonder if they had to drag him to see you? Was he tired of the quest after something that he could seemingly never have? How many tries at healing did this man have to go through before he met you, Lord Jesus?
[8.24-26] He looked up. “I see men. They look like walking trees.” So Jesus laid hands on his eyes again.
I wonder why it took two touches to heal this man. I don't know why people looked like trees to him after you put spit on his eyes. Those words keep running around my mind..".I see men they look like trees." How often do I see the movement of your Spirit but am not able to make out the real intent of it. There is some awareness of presence but not content always. This man desperately needed a second touch from you if he was going to live a life not hemmed in by his lack. Would his life have been improved if he had left see trees instead of people?...sure but you don't want improved you want transformation.
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.”
That is the way it is for me from time to time...I get part of the picture but miss some required elements. So I am left with people that look like trees wondering if I am stuck in a nightmare on a dark night. But then you are right beside me and all it really takes is a second look, a second touch and things come into focus. You never leave me looking at people who look like trees for very long.
Lord Jesus--In this day that I will rush to very soon, lead me by the hand when all I see is distorted grace me with the touch of you healing hands in this day.
Peterson, Eugene H. (2006-06-15). The Message Remix 2.0: The Bible In contemporary Language (Kindle Locations 30811-30815). NAVPress - A. Kindle Edition.