“Don’t even go into the village.” Jesus spoke this after he restored a blind man’s sight. The gospel writer Mark doesn’t indicate how this man responded to Jesus’s instruction.
Did the man stay out of the village? Did he tell his closest friends? I try to imagine being healed from blindness and my view was Jesus in person! What did this man see when he first opened his eyes?
In Mark 8:22-24, he explains that this man’s friends took him to Jesus. Jesus led him outside of town, spit on the man’s eyes and put his hands on him. Jesus asked the blind man what he saw. The man said, “I see people; they look like trees walking around.” Jesus put his hands on the man’s eyes again. This time, when the blind man opened his eyes, he saw clearly.
What happened during the first and second time when Jesus told him to open his eyes? Did Jesus and the man sit in silence? Did he ask Jesus to try again? What did the man’s friends do while they waited?
I visualize how I’d respond in this scenario. I’ve worn glasses or contact lenses since I was in seventh grade. As I’ve aged, my eyesight has diminished but God has granted a sort of Lasix surgery for my soul. Like this blind man, I experience waiting time. Sometimes my resolution takes multiple times for Jesus to “lay his hands on my eyes” and I take it to heart.
When I gain His depth perception, it’s up to me to refocus and train my eyes to see through Jesus’ lens. He strengthens my sight and allows me to remain in His village to share His news.
Seeking foresight and greater focus for my inner vision,
“Once more Jesus put his hands on the man’s eyes. Then his eyes were opened, his sight was restored, and he saw everything clearly. Jesus sent him home, saying, ‘Don’t even go into the village’” (Mark 8:25-26 NIV).