Trees Walking

Are you currently dealing with a relationship where boundaries are blurred producing insecurities, anxieties, and possibly anger? There may not seem to be a viable, healthy way forward to resolve problems between you. Many of you know someone who intimidates you.  It could be a spouse, child, parent, in-law, maybe a boss or associate, possibly a client. How many of you know another person who is blind spiritually?  Jesus used a metaphor that may help us navigate through these scenarios successfully.

Mark 8 22 They came to Bethsaida, and some people brought a blind man and begged Jesus to touch him. 23 He took the blind man by the hand and led him outside the village. When he had spit on the man’s eyes and put his hands on him, Jesus asked, “Do you see anything?”  24 He looked up and said, “I see people; they look like trees walking around.”  25 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.

“Some people brought a blind man” to Jesus.  There was nothing special about these people except their need for Jesus.

Then, it says these people “begged Jesus to touch him.”  They “begged!”  What a humiliating word…right?!  Whether you like or not, people who begged usually received the attention of Jesus.  Are you genuinely concerned for another person at a depth and intensity that we you are willing to beg Jesus on their behalf?  Are you willing to bring your spouse, child, or any other person before God begging Him to save, heal, or resolve? 

Jesus spat on the blind’s man’s eyes (seems gross but that’s what happened!).  Then, “Jesus asked, ‘Do you see anything?’  The blind man looked up and simply stated to Jesus, “I see people; they look like trees walking around.”  He made a confession that His vision was unclear.  How many of you need to openly, humbly confess to Jesus that we see another person as “trees walking” and desperately need to see them clearly?  Allow me to be a bit more intense.  Are you willing to beg God to get us past the stage where others are “trees walking”?  If not, other lives and relationships will remain dysfunctional.

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.”  How many of you need a 2nd bit of “spit” from Jesus that allows you to see another person clearly?               

If we continue seeking God intensely, in due time, like the blind man, I believe you will be able to see clearly.  Galatians 6:9 states, “Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.”  Matthew 7:7 literally is translated, Keep asking, and it will be given to you; keep seeking, and you will find; keep knocking, and it will be opened to you.” Persistently approach God even begging and you will receive, find and it will be opened. You are able see clearly!

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