“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 let 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.” Mark 8:22-26 (ESV)
For several years now, my wife and I have been traveling the same path as those who brought the blind man to Jesus. It seems especially difficult when you see the destruction a loved one’s rejection of God is causing in his or her life. Perhaps you know someone like that.
Time after time we bring our spiritually blind loved one to Jesus. We beg the great Physician to touch him and restore his sight so he too will see “everything clearly.”
Matthew Henry, a minister in the 17th and early 18th century, said, “If those who are spiritually blind, do not pray for themselves, yet their friends and relations should pray for them, that Christ would be pleased to touch them.”
We continually come to the Lord like the desperate woman in the parable of the persistent widow” in Luke 18. You remember that Christ said that the reason He shared the story about the widow and the judge was so that people would pray and not lose heart. So, we continue to pray.
We not only talk to God about our loved ones, but we talk to ourselves. The psalmist knew the importance of having one-on-one talks with yourself. “Why are you cast down, O my soul, and why are you in turmoil within me? Hope in God; for I shall again praise Him, my salvation and my God.” Psalm 42:5 (ESV)
We bring and we beg … and we wait. “Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for Him.” Psalm 37:7a (ESV)
If you find yourself on this difficult road, would you consider these suggestions – one traveler to another?
1. Continue “bringing and begging.” I wonder if Jesus had chosen not to heal the blind man the first trip, would his friends have brought him back the next day?
2. Look for opportunities to point your loved one to the Lord.
3. Saturate yourself with the soul-strengthening truths of the Bible.
4. Resist the temptation to let this one area of your life consume you. Only God
deserves that kind of attention.
5. Come alongside others who are in a similar situation. You can assist them in a way that others can’t.
You and I can’t change someone’s heart, but we find great hope in the reality that our God can change them. Hope in God.