“What do you want me to do for you?” Jesus asked him. The blind man said, “Rabbi, I want to see.”
We can hardly begin to appreciate what the gift of sight was to mean to the blind man. To begin with the first person whom he would ever have seen was Jesus, the one to whom he had called and who had responded in such a loving and powerful way. Jesus – the living revelation of God.
On top of that he would have begun to see the wonderful variety in the people around him, the glorious sight of the sky with the flying clouds and darting birds, the sun, moon and stars, the fields and hills, the lakes and animals. A new adventure and a new education and understanding had just begun. His world, and his perception of the world, had increased dramatically.
When we come to the Lord we start our own new journey – seeing everything through new eyes and adjusting our understanding accordingly. We begin to see Him as a new reality – and the world around us in a new way as it reveals His majesty, beauty and love. There will be times when we are confused as we grapple to find answers to our questions and concerns, when we too will cry to Him, “I want to see!” There will be others when we pause in wonder and say, “Ah, I see!” And then those glorious moments when our spirits gasp in a new way with the sudden presence of God and we quieten into silent stillness, love and wonder. Our knowledge, awareness and love of the Lord should be growing as we journey with Him.
Jesus great criticism of the religious leaders of His day was that
“You diligently study the Scriptures because you think that by them you possess eternal life. These are the Scriptures that testify about me, yet you refuse to come to me to have life.” (John 5:39-40)
The aim, direction, focus and destination of our lives is Jesus Himself – Jesus as a Living Person, a Wonderful Reality and a Glorious Saviour and Lord. Sometimes we will be very aware of Him whilst at others we may feel as if we are struggling alone through thick mist. However His promise is to be with us always. As with the blind man Jesus was as much with him just before he healed him as afterwards. The difference was that for a time the man could not see Him – but He was still in front of him.
The heart of our new life is our growing belief and trust in Him and the wonder of our deepening relationship with Him. We were created for that relationship and it is something into which the Lord will lead us as He continues to open our eyes to His great Truth and Love.
Keep asking Him to open your eyes to Him in new ways. Look in new wonder at all He has created and done.
Please open my eyes Lord – I want to see and love You in new and deeper ways. Amen.