And they came to Bethsaida. And some people brought to him a blind man and begged him to touch him. 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?” And he looked up and said, “I see people, but they look like trees, walking.” Then Jesus laid his hands on his eyes again; and he opened his eyes, his sight was restored, and he saw everything clearly. And he sent him to his home, saying, “Do not even enter the village.”
A few years ago, a few pastors and I got together for lunch in Midtown Atlanta. At the conclusion of our lunch, we decided to go thru an exhibit called ‘Dialogue in the Dark.’ It recreates the daily life of the visually impaired putting you through scenarios like dining out in public, shopping in a grocery store, and navigating busy streets. To simulate, it is done in total 100 percent darkness.
It allowed me to see how life is navigated (or lack thereof) through everyday situations we take for granted. Everyone, blind or not, enjoys a life of comforts and in this passage, Jesus takes the blind man by the hand and takes him completely out of his comfort zone by taking him away from the village. Away from the village, he would lose his sense of direction, his tribe, his knowledge of his surroundings, and the people who helped him navigate life.
Jesus answers this in Matthew Chapter 10. The people of Bethsaida were people of lack of faith. They did not return to God after seeing many miracles performed in front of their eyes. They were destined for destruction.
How many times has Jesus had to take you out of a situation for Him to perform a miracle in your life? Are you currently ‘outside of the village” and in the posture to receive a miracle? God moved you to a different state or city or job or relationship and you have been inquiring of God as to why. The reason is there is a miracle in your departure.
He grabbed your hand and lead you out of everything comforting and bring you to a place to perform a miracle in your life and/or through your life. It has been hard. The days have been long yet know the Master is in complete control to bring you to your place of wonder and marvel.
Today as your read this, know you may have not seen clearly but now you can see clearly as to why Jesus did what He did. Today, His DNA (spit) is touching His creation (you) and your eyes are opening to see clearly His supernatural phenomenon in your life.
Take heed. Lately, you have been circling your old stomping grounds. With technology, you have been visiting your old neighborhood. You have driven by your former block and corner. Jesus told him to return home and said, “Do not return to the village.”
Today is the day you have to have a funeral and bury the old places. Say to goodbye to the old friends. You are anointed today for a new place. God’s glory for your life in your old vicinity has left and followed you here to your new.
The blind don’t run. They walk. They walk to protect themselves. I am sure after this miracle, the blind man ran because he could see clearly. Today, I want you to run into your destiny. I want you to run in your purpose. Run with the hope your miracle is now. The time is now. Run and run swiftly!
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