Yesterday, I was pondering this thought:
Seasons in the dark make the light that much brighter.
This morning, I read the following verses:
As Jesus and the disciples left the town of Jericho, a large crowd followed behind. Two blind men were sitting beside the road. When they heard that Jesus was coming that way, they began shouting, “Lord, Son of David, have mercy on us!” Matthew 20:29-30
A few days ago, I shared with you that my son and I recently discovered the show I Shouldn’t Be Alive. After reading the above verses, one of the episodes we recently watched came to mind.
It was about this small plane that went down in the dense rainforest of Costa Rica. Amazingly, five of the passengers survived. However, the most seriously injured passenger was thrown several hundred feet from the plane. When the four other individuals realized he wasn’t among the wreckage they began searching for him and calling out for him.
The ejected passenger was able to follow their voices and be reunited with them. He tearfully tells the interviewer that he was so thankful that he wouldn’t have to go through the ordeal all alone.
Two blind men were sitting beside the road.
This piece of Scripture doesn’t tell us anything about these two men. Yet, when I read it, my heart feels comforted that the story mentions two men and not one. I would like to believe that these two men weren’t sitting apart. I would like to believe they were friends and had somehow found each other while groping around in the dark. I would like to believe that despite being unable to see, they attempted to help one another and encourage one another. I would like to believe that, even though they couldn’t see a way out of their situation, they had each other to lean on.
Scripture goes on to say that, on that day, these two men heard rumors that the One who might be able to rescue them was heading in their direction. They yelled out loudly for help. In fact, the verses that follow tell us they yell so loud the crowd tells them to be quiet…their shouts for rescue are annoying. Yet, Jesus doesn’t see it the way the crowd sees it. Their loud, desperate, relentless cries are music to their Savior’s ears.
What do you want me to do for you?
Lord, we want to see!
Instantly, Jesus heals them both and they get up and follow Him down the road.
I wonder if these two men ever reminisced about the day their rescue showed up? I wonder if, when seasons in their life grew dark again, they would think back on that one moment when Jesus came along and did the impossible. I wonder how often their memories of time spent in the dark encouraged them to get through more dark times.
They knew with certainty that the light of the One they followed was so much brighter and bigger than any darkness that might come their way. They knew it!
Question: How has God personally shown you that He is bigger than the darkness?
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