“Seek your happiness in the Lord, and he will give you your heart’s desire. Give yourself to the Lord; trust in him, and he will help you; he will make your righteousness shine like the noonday sun.” – Psalm 37:4 – 6
Think about how many times in Scripture Jesus healed someone afflicted with blindness. Maybe because He knew, more than anyone, that when our vision is handicapped our lives follow. Oh, how I love the story of Blind Bartimaeus. His unruly and undignified appeal to a passing Jesus is such an example of a life where when vision, clarity, and perspective have not been accessible it can force you to cry out, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” (Mark 10:47) What I love so much about Bartimaeus is that even when told to quiet himself he instead cried out all the more.
Spiritually, so many suffer from a skewed and warped vision. A vision that is not filtered through the wisdom of Holy Spirit will cause you to see good things as God things and never know the difference. Spiritual eyes that are not attuned to the will and move of God will search tirelessly for the promises of God in places where only frustration can be found. Blindness as a result of trauma or fear will cause you to go searching for answers where none can be found. A broken heart will have you searching for love where mere substitutes lay waiting. Wounded pride will have you searching for recognition where only empty accolades are housed. Fear will blind you to the guiding hand of God, leaving you fumbling about outside of His protective plan for you. It was the trauma of the crucifixion that sent a desperate Mary Magdelene to the tomb searching for her beloved teacher and Saviour. In their fright the women bowed down with their faces to the ground, but the men said to them, “Why do you look for the living among the dead?” (Luke 24:5)
Blind, she was not but, perhaps she felt, as we all do, that where Jesus is there is clarity. With Him she knew whom she was, not defined by her past mistakes instead basking in the hope of Christ’s placed value in her. Have you ever found yourself in a season where all that you are looking for seems hidden from you? Do you ever feel as though the search is leaving you frustrated and desperate?
It is only when we cry out, like Blind Bartimaeus, and ask God to heal our blinded eyes that we can see, not just our situations differently but, ourselves. Aligning our sight with God means posturing ourselves above the struggles, fear, anxiety and stress of the world around us. Instead, if we “Set our minds on things above, not on earthly things.” (Colossians 3:2) then our lives will follow the direction of our eyes, forward toward Christ’s calling, purpose and promise for us.
Can I Pray With You?
May your Word provide healing for every area of blindness that stops us from seeing Your purpose, plan and will for our lives. Remove the scales from our eyes and allow us to see the beauty of Your love anew. Carry us forward when we stumble, place our feet firmly in a place of clear vision and divine perspective. Lead us clearly into the place of revelation. Revelation so clear that it shines the beautiful light of Your truth over every hidden promise and dream. “On that day the deaf will hear words of a book, And out of their gloom and darkness, the eyes of the blind will see. The afflicted also will increase their gladness in the LORD, And the needy of mankind will rejoice in the Holy One of Israel.” (Isaiah 29: 18-19) Help us to be attuned not just to your voice, “My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me.”( John 10:27) But let us recognize you in all things. As we see more clearly, give us the courage to walk boldly in Your ways. Let our devoted trust of Your will for us, woo a dying world to follow You also. Thank you that even as we struggle to see You in all things that You are never far from us. For we know that You, “…intended that they would seek Him and perhaps reach out for Him and find Him, though He is not far from each one of us.” (Acts 17:27)
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