I was stirred by the story of Jesus healing the blind man in Mark 8:22-26. What impacted me was the space, the ‘identity’, in which the man found himself afterwards.
Jesus gives him sight through a messy process (spitting in his face), with 2 phases – partially seeing, then fully seeing. This ‘process’ is worth deep, meditative consideration in itself, but is not my focus here.
Jesus enacted this miracle in private, alone with the man. He heard of the need while in a crowd (in the village), but led him away, outside of the village, to connect with him, heal him, meet his need. And this ‘alone space' with Christ, led to yet another ‘alone space'…
Jesus sent this man on his way, and told him to not tell anyone. He had just received sight, been completely redefined, reborn, and was called by God to be alone with God, not ‘reveal’ this to people. Essentially, in order to do this, this man could not be around people. Touched by God, and then alone with God.
When we are truly touched, defined by God, nothing around us is as important as what is in us, what we are. When you see Jesus, and step through his ‘door’ (John 10:9), you are saved and safe for all eternity. You become in that moment more enduring than the world around you, more lasting than the ground beneath your feet. The world in that moment, bows to you, even ‘groans for you to be revealed’ in all your wonder and glory! (Romans 8:19-20)
When the blind man had received his sight, I imagine him alone, outside the village, seeing. Not getting caught up and worried about what he saw, but just lost in the wonder that he was now a ‘seeing man' – now and forevermore.
Do you ‘see’ and believe in Jesus? My friend, that is a wondrous miracle! You are a ‘seeing being'. You are saved, and safe.
‘God, who made light shine out of darkness, made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of the glory of God, in the face of Christ.’ (2 Corinthians 4:6)
‘In your light, we see light.’ (Psalm 36:9)
Peter Walker. I hope you enjoy these reflections. Please feel free to comment!:)