“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?”
–Mark 8:23, NIV
Here I can imagine the gentleness and the kindness of Jesus–we see Him leading this man out of town to a quieter place. Showmanship? Not on your life. Jesus has made the decision to avoid the theatrics of a blind man given sight, and ducked the paparazzi for a moment to touch this man.
In a way, we are all like this blind man. We stumble around and try to make our way. But it is raucous confusion– the fields of philosophy, religion, psychology, politics and art are not much more than a blind men tapping with his cane, trying to find their way into the light. This may be rather simplistic, but I believe it’s more true then we care to admit. The entire social history of humans is based on confusion and conflict.
We grope in the gloom, and there is none to take our hand and lead us out of the darkness. We stumble and fall, and come no closer to understanding then when we first started. It is hopeless. Our striving borders on madness and insanity.
The blind man in Mark 8 entrusted himself to Jesus’ care. He willingly went with Jesus, following down the path and out of the village. Jesus carefully leads him by the hand, which is quite remarkable. (I guess I’m envious.) Jesus would have led this man past every obstacle.
Each of us have to encounter Jesus for ourselves.
We are born blind, having no awareness (zero, zilch, nada) of spiritual truth. We must be taught to see. At the airport in Salt Lake City recently, I saw a young blind man being led through large crowd. I was fascinated by his trust in his guide as people jostled to try to make their connections. There was a quiet composure in him. (In his place, I would be terrified.)
We must trust Jesus, with that same composure and grace. When we cannot see, we must trust.
“Yet not without a guide I wend
My unseen way, by day, by night;
Close by my side there walks a Friend,——
Strong, tender, true: I trust His sight;
He sees my way before, behind,
Though I am blind.”
by an Unknown Author