The Miracles of Sight


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My father-in-law has gone blind. He had become dependent on someone else for transportation and to assist him with errands. Part of his independence is gone.

Imagine being born blind. You have never seen anything – no light, no color, no shapes, no people, not even your own parents. It’s not a matter of black, white and gray, only black. The doctors of today don’t exist. You are forced to beg for your very survival. Pharisees think you are blind because you are a sinner. Life is very harsh.

Now consider the miracle of the restoration of sight as you read this story:

Jesus Heals a Blind Man at Bethsaida

22 They came to Bethsaida, and some people brought a blind man and begged Jesus to touch him. 23 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?”24 He looked up and said, “I see people; they look like trees walking around.”

25 Once more Jesus put his hands on the man’s eyes. Then his eyes were opened, his sight was restored, and he saw everything clearly. 26 Jesus sent him home, saying, “Don’t even go into the village.” Mark 8:22-26

 

The fact the man can see – we understand this is a miracle. But is it just one miracle?

I remember getting to hold my son for the first time. I remember his eyes; he just looked at me. He had not seen my face before. I carried him for nine months, but he had never seen me. He had only heard my voice. My son had to learn what “mom” looked like. Babies must be taught references to all objects so they eventually understand what they see.

If you were born blind and were suddenly able to see, as an adult, what would you understand?

We get the answer from the movie, At First Sight. Val Kilmar’s character, Virgil, is blind, but gains sight during the movie. There is a scene where bandages are removed from his eyes and he can see. Images that mean nothing to Virgil begin to flood his brain. He is overwhelmed. Suddenly being able to see is a terrifying experience because he had no point of reference to understand the objects, colors, shapes, speed, depths and other perceptions.

Getting back to the story of Jesus healing a blind man, what are the miracles in this story? I believe there are at least four.

  1. Restoration of sign
  2. Knowing what the images were that he saw
  3. Understanding the relevance of each image he saw
  4. Independence, for the first time in his life.

We have become so familiar with some Bible stories we do not realize the power they hold.

May we look at Scripture with a fresh set of eyes.

Blessings on your day.

Scripture is from www.BibleGateway.com

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11 thoughts on “The Miracles of Sight

  1. I’m glad you wrote about this. 🙂
    Years ago I read about the same phenomenon of modern sight restoration and was awed. It is wonderful how medicine keeps showing us just how big a miracle Jesus was really doing. HE knew it was a huge process, but we are more comfortable simplifying life at every point so the divine doesn’t seem so overwhelming. Or, we just have no point of reference to appreciate His great power.
    The more we know about nature, the greater the Creator is shown to be!

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  2. “We have become so familiar with some Bible stories we do not realize the power they hold.” How very true! We all need to open our BIbles afresh and see the great wonders that it holds for each one of us! Lord bless you Julie. Thansk for a great blog. It is a blessing.

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    • Rob, Thank you so much for your comment. I do wonder what other treasures we would find in Scripture, if we would just slow down, or better yet – Be still and know that he Is God! Blessings on your Sunday.

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  3. Julie, I visit a 96 year old woman weekly who is almost blind. She is also hard of hearing. She prays that she does not become totally blind before she dies. I compare her to me who for many years was blind to the true meaning of redemption. Blessings.

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  4. Thanks for sharing. I also love that you shared a tender moment with your baby.. I’ve never had a baby or even held a baby before. I hope your father-in-law will see in another light that he’s never seen before during this time. God bless

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