Looking back to where you have been is helpful as long as you don't get stuck in the past. There is no going back to the “good old days” but there are important events, people and lessons that we can benefit from as we move forward. First, look back to understand where you have come from. Then, look at the present to assess where you currently stand. Do you have a clear picture of yourself, your life, your purpose and your direction? Do you operate with clear vision in the present or is there something missing?
Jesus met a man who had serious vision problems in Mark chapter 8:
When they arrived at Bethsaida, some people brought a blind man to Jesus, and they begged him to touch the man and heal him. Jesus took the blind man by the hand and led him out of the village. Then, spitting on the man’s eyes, he laid his hands on him and asked, “Can you see anything now?”
The man looked around. “Yes,” he said, “I see people, but I can’t see them very clearly. They look like trees walking around.”
Then Jesus placed his hands on the man’s eyes again, and his eyes were opened. His sight was completely restored, and he could see everything clearly.
Mark 8:22-25 (NLT)
Jesus healed several blind people but this is the only time when He had to pray twice. Was Jesus having a bad day or was there more going on than meets the eye (pun intended;-) )? As I took another look at this story and the rest of the chapter, I realized that there are two types of blindness. Back in verse 18, Jesus was in the boat with his disciples and he asked them, “Having eyes, do you not see? And having ears, do you not hear? And do you not remember?”
Jesus was not talking about their physical senses but about their spiritual condition! As Helen Keller once said, “The only thing worse than being blind is having sight and no vision.” In spite of being with Jesus these guys were still stumbling in the dark! The healing of the blind man was an illustration of God’s desire to give us two kinds of vision. Of course, physical sight is a wonderful gift but it is possible to learn to live without it. Spiritual eyes, however, are essential for success and a life that matters!
Is it time for a vision correction? You can ask for a second touch to restore and re-focus your spiritual eyes so that you can see where you have been, where you are, and the way forward towards your promised future. Jesus made recovery of sight a part of his core mission; it is a jubilee promise!
“He has sent Me to heal the broken-hearted,
To proclaim liberty to the captives
And recovery of sight to the blind”
I can see clearly now,