• Pastor Scott

Looks Like Trees

I was outside shoveling snow today and came back inside. Upon entering my home everything was blurry, dark, and it was as if I was mostly blind. It was terrifying. This happens to everyone as we go from the bright light outside to darkness in our homes. It happens because our eyes need time to adjust. This process is uncomfortable but eventually we can see again. It reminded me of a bible story

Mark 8:22-25 ESV [22] And they [Jesus and the 12 disciples] came to Bethsaida. And some people brought to him [Jesus] a blind man and begged him to touch him. [23] And he took the blind man by the hand and led him out of the village, and when he had spit on his eyes and laid his hands on him, he asked him, "Do you see anything?" [24] And he looked up and said, "I see people, but they look like trees, walking." [25] Then Jesus laid his hands on his eyes again; and he opened his eyes, his sight was restored, and he saw everything clearly.

This story is very unique in Scripture. It is the only a few times we see Jesus not heal a person instantly. The other occasion involved a group of men with leprosy who were healed gradually as they walked to a priest at Jesus command.

This passage still is fairly obscure because nothing says why it took two touches of Jesus for the man to see. But there are a few thoughts I have. Many of us accept Jesus and expect that instantly all our issues will vanish. Somehow we will never sin again, our marriages will be perfect, and problems will never exist. That would be what we want to happen. God has other plans. God is the God who loves but in that love He also tests. Indeed the book of James tells us as much.

James 1:2-4 ESV [2] Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, [3] for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. [4] And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.

At this point many raise a question. If God can do anything why not just make our faith complete and skip this whole testing thing? Now there are different responses to this question, most likely this will be a debate until Jesus comes back. One that I want to raise however is that God changes us slowly for both His sake and ours.

God is like a Father. As a father he wants to help his children grow and become adults. So I raise a question. What good father just gives their child everything and never really helps them develop? There is a joy to parentes as they guide a child. They see all the firsts and do everything to help their child. That also means letting them make mistakes and helping them learn from it. It includes giving them a choice to make about what they will do. God will help you in life, but He wont live it for you. We as His children must live our lives the good and bad, but we get to live it with God working in our lives.

Meanwhile on our end God in taking time is helping us and people around us. Ask anyone who has walked with God for a few years about their life before meeting Him. Many are times we can’t believe what they tell us. What is more THEY can’t believe what they tell us. God changes a person to the core and as time passes it is amazing to see it. Now imagine it happened all at once. The saved person would be overwhelmed and people that knew them would not see loving growth but what they call a mindless slave. The transition and time God uses to perfect us helps us approvals what He did and helps others see that they can overcome too. It may take time but with God they will be able to change even as their old friend did.

So today, as you look at your life and ask why does the change of God take so long, ask yourself a question. Is the work of God just about getting me perfect or is it about more? Is this test to harm me or to help both me and others grow?

God bless everyone as we grow in you. Help our test become testimony and our change be life for others. Let us bow before you and know that even if we see only trees now you are there to touch us again until we see people, until we see you clearly. In Jesus name Amen

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