“Master, I want to see again.”
When reading the story of the blind man who wouldn’t stop crying out to Jesus until he was heard, I was struck by his request: “Master, I want to see again.”
My heart immediately cried out those words to the Father: I want to see again! I get so distracted by this world! I want to tear off the blinders of the business of life, the noisiness of life, the distractions of life and of fear- fear of the aging process, fear of the feeling of not being of use, fear of the disturbing effects of Alzheimer’s and Dementia that I see in my mother-in-law, the fear of losing loved-ones, the fear of bombers in public places, and the list goes on! I want to ‘see’ again. See with fresh new eyes the goodness of the Lord, the workings of the Lord; I want to see anew in His Word.
When I read the words of the blind man, I picture Him out of breath. He has been sitting on the side of the road, probably very hot, thirsty and feeling pretty much abandoned. Those with Jesus told him to be quiet, but he wouldn’t stop. Can you imagine? Have you ever cried out in earnest, trying to get someone’s attention in a crowd? Then Jesus heard him and told some of the men to bring him over and He asks him, what do you want? I think the blind man probably had to take a deep breath, and a deep sigh, before saying; I just want to see again! He must have been able to see before. I find, on this journey through life, that there are times that I can ‘see’ and times when I quit paying attention or get so busy or so worried that I can’t see anything. Today , this day, I want to see again! Every day I want to see again! I don’t want to miss anything the Lord has for me!
Lord, create a clean heart in me this day; renew a right spirit within me! Help me to keep my eyes fixed on You! Help me to ‘see’. Amen!
“He came to the outskirts of Jericho. A blind man was sitting beside the road asking for handouts. When he heard the rustle of the crowd, he asked what was going on. They told him, “Jesus the Nazarene is going by.” He yelled, “Jesus! Son of David! Mercy, have mercy on me!” Those ahead of Jesus told the man to shut up, but he only yelled all the louder, “Son of David! Mercy, have mercy on me!” Jesus stopped and ordered him to be brought over. When he had come near, Jesus asked, “What do you want from me?” He said, “Master, I want to see again.” Jesus said, “Go ahead—see again! Your faith has saved and healed you!” The healing was instant: He looked up, seeing—and then followed Jesus, glorifying God. Everyone in the street joined in, shouting praise to God.” Luke 18:35-43 MSG
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