A Hand to Hold in the Dark

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Yesterday the message at church focused on the following verses in Mark.

They came to Bethsaida, and some people brought a blind man and begged Jesus to touch him. 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?”

He looked up and said, “I see people; they look like trees walking around.”

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. Jesus sent him home, saying, “Don’t even go into the village.” Mark 8: 22-26

Like these verses reflect, the miracles and the healing will often come after desperate and relentless pleas for help. The approach and the posture of this blind man’s friends is similar to many other moments in Scripture which will often proceed the healing touch of Jesus.

It comes from hearts that have chosen to trust the healer…even before the miracle happens. Hearts which have made up their minds that an encounter with Jesus will leave them forever changed. This blind man’s friends treated this encounter like it was their only hope. It was a matter of life or death. It was an all or nothing moment for them. They were ready to do whatever it took to get the healer’s attention.

I love what happens next in the story. Jesus doesn’t heal the man immediately. Jesus takes this blind man by the hand and they journey together for a distance. He took the blind man by the hand and led him outside the village.

I smiled when we read this in church yesterday because it signifies such a pivotal moment in our walk with the Lord. So often, this is where many people choose to run away instead. It’s at this moment when we have to completely trust the healer that the journey He is inviting us to take with Him through the dark is worth it.

Will we choose to trust Him when healing is delayed?  Will we choose to trust Him if there are still no clear answers? Will we choose to trust Him if healing means more time logged in darkness?

A couple of weeks ago I shared my video testimony with you all. One of the last things I said in that video was that God doesn’t want to condemn us for our mistakes and our sins…what He wants to do is take us by the hand and lead us someplace beautiful.

Yes, the journey is sometimes scary. Yes, the journey will often be messy. But, let me encourage you again today to keep holding onto His hand despite the darkness you still see stretched out ahead of you. God is faithful to bring you through it!

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