Vision is something many take for granted. Yet, without vision, we would miss much that goes on around us.
Matthew 20:29-34 tells the story of two blind men sitting by the road as Jesus and the disciples were leaving Jericho. A large crowd was following Jesus. These men could not see, but they knew something was different.
They could hear the sounds of the large crowd. They probably asked someone who passed by what the commotion was about and were told that Jesus was passing by.
The men began to shout, “Lord, Son of David, have mercy on us!”
The crowd began to rebuke them and tell them to be quiet. I always wondered why they did this. The passage doesn’t give any explanation.
They were not deterred, but yelled all the louder in hopes that Jesus, the One they had heard so much about, would take notice of them.
And He did.
Jesus knew what they needed. He didn’t need to ask but He chose to. “What do you want me to do for you?”
Jesus always knows what we need. Sometimes, though, we don’t know what we need. Sometimes we don’t realize we are blind. We don’t realize that we have lost our spiritual sight. We don’t realize that we are walking around blindly to the spiritual, physical, and emotional needs of those around us. But these two men…they knew.
“We want our sight.”
Jesus had compassion and healed them. Then they followed Him.
I believe we can all find ourselves in the same condition as these men. Blind, sitting by the roadside, waiting for a change, needing an intervention.
Jesus always knows when we are there. He always knows when we’ve allowed things to cloud our vision, take over, make us unusable, stuck on the sidelines.
He can heal us but He is a gentleman. He can heal us, but He won’t force us to open our eyes and see. BUT – if we cry out, He will hear. If we ask for His healing, for our spiritual eyes to be opened, for His intervention. He will have compassion and touch us.
When He opens our eyes, the only response should be to follow in obedience.
I pray that when you find yourself in spiritual blindness, you will cry out to Him, despite who may try to silence you, despite your fear, despite your regrets. You will find Jesus there asking, “Child, what can I do for you?”
Jesus had compassion on them and touched their eyes. Immediately they received their sight and followed Him. ~ Matt. 20:34