A Hand to Hold in the Dark


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!

9 thoughts on “A Hand to Hold in the Dark

  1. Kathleen Caron

    Trust is the hardest thing. Even after experiencing God’s healing in my life, my default setting is no-trust. I like that you use the word “journey” which makes it sound like an adventure. I will hold on to that today.

    1. Eileen Post author

      Good thoughts, Kathleen. You made me think of the quote about following God being a long obedience in the same direction. Through the ups and downs…we continue to hold on!

  2. Joy Lenton

    Healing of any kind is indeed a journey which will look different for each one of us. I have experienced emotional healing from my past, which gives me great hope of seeing physical healing too. Though I do struggle at times to hold on in faith as time goes by and my health worsens. You are so right when you ask whether we will continue to trust God even if the healing is delayed or doesn’t come, “when there are no clear answers…if healing means more time logged in darkness”? Such questions test and challenge us. I am at a point where I have no choice but to say, “Yes, yes I will”. For He is entirely faithful and trustworthy and there is no other way in which I can live with hope and a confident expectation of an answer to come – whether in this life or in the next.
    Thank you, Eileen, for this great post and link to the lovely video testimony which is so moving. You are one brave and beautiful woman! 🙂 xx

    1. Eileen Post author

      Thank you for sharing your journey, Joy. I have to say that I stand in awe of folks who suffer chronic pain. You are an inspiration to me. About 2 years ago I went through 2 weeks of “chronic pain” and it was an eye opening experience for me. It was NOTHING compared to those who don’t see an end anytime soon. My mom battled breast cancer which eventually metastasized into her bones. She was in chronic pain and I’ve always admired how her faith seemed to grow stronger as she journeyed through it. Again, thank you, for sharing your story. I have no doubt that you are a light to so many people. Also, I don’t think it’s a coincidence that your name happens to be Joy!

  3. Anne

    A friend of mine who is recovering from breast cancer once told me that, when things were really hard for her and she didn’t have the energy to endure one more test, one more treatment, one more day of pain, she’d just talk to the Lord and ask Him, “Can I just come sit in your lap for a little while?” That’s Trust.

  4. David Rupert

    Gulp. I have completely missed that. Why didnt he heal him right away? It’s almost like some trust had to be built up. And that probably answers the question why my problems aren’t “Fixed” right away. I need to trust and walk for a while.


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