There are stages to better vision. In my walk with the Lord He continues to remind me that I am not able to handle everything all at once, and there there really is a perfect timing to His ways.
In Mark 8:22-26 we read about a blind man. There are several depicted in the gospels, but what stood out to me about this particular blind man is what Jesus did before He healed him.
The people of the village of Bethsaida brought the blind man to Jesus and literally begged Him to touch him. It wasn’t the man’s family or loved ones who brought him, but an entire village. Was it because he was so well loved? I doubt it. Jesus had been doing miracles all over the area so surely the people of the town knew Jesus could do miracles and heal people. Why were they so eager for Jesus to heal this blind man?
One of my friends has a dad who can do magic. He’s pretty impressive with slight of hand. Every time I visit him I ask him to do a magic trick. His capabilities never ceases to impress me, and it’s highly entertaining.
I believe the villagers had a similar approach to Jesus. They didn’t care about the blind man so much as they wanted to see a miracle from the one they’d heard so much about. They just needed someone for Him to do a miracle on.
Jesus, however, saw the need beneath the superficiality and drew the man away from the village. He had compassion on the blind man and removed him from the unbelieving, hardhearted crowd in order to not make a spectacle of what he was about to do.
Unbelief and hardheartedness limit miracles. That’s why Jesus was limited in what He was able to do in his hometown (Mark 6:5-6). His power was only as good as the faith that existed there. In Bethsaida, the villager’s hardheartedness was evident in their desire to make a display of the blind man for their own entertainment.
Still, Jesus didn’t let that stop Him from helping the man. He drew him outside of the village and did something that would normally be highly demeaning. Jesus spit on the man’s eyes.
Sight comes with humility. Until we’re willing to humble ourselves, we will never see what Jesus has for us to see. Jesus laid his hands on the man and asked him a question, ‘Do you see anything?’ The blind man could see men, but they looked like trees walking. Jesus knew the healing process wasn't complete and yet He asked the blind man what he saw. He connected with the blind man in the waiting process.
Why did Jesus decide to heal the man in stages, rather than in one big swoop? I believe it was an example for the rest of the world who would read about what He did. Everything takes time, and what’s more important than the actual healing, restoration and growth, is the One you draw close to in the waiting process.
Jesus wants us to be whole and healed. He died so we could be. Even more than that, however, He wants our hearts. He wants a relationship with us through the process.
The blind man could have gotten upset when he realized he still couldn’t see after Jesus spit in his eyes. He could have shaken his fist at Jesus. Instead, he waited. He trusted Jesus would complete the work He began, and remained still until Jesus was done.
There may be spit in your eyes, I know I feel like there is spit in mine, but waiting for Jesus to give sight can really only be done by trusting the heart of the One who put it there. The days, weeks, months, even years of waiting with spit in my eyes means the hands of Christ are on my face, and I am closer to Him now than I would be completely blind, or even completely healed.
I’m working on being still while I wait for Jesus to complete the work He began in me. It's not easy, and it is often a really dark valley of waiting, but I know sight will come. Jesus said he came to make the blind see... so it's not a matter of whether or not Jesus will give sight, but when.