And Jesus said to him, “What do you want me to do for you?” And the blind man said to him, “Rabbi, let me recover my sight.” And Jesus said to him, “Go your way; your faith has made you well.” And immediately he recovered his sight and followed him on the way. (Mark 10:51-52 ESV)
There must have been a time when when this blind man’s sight was intact. Otherwise, this passage would not have said that he “recovered” it. Something happened that caused his handicap. It could have been a head injury or a gradual progression of a disease process. He knew what it was like to see clearly and he probably missed being able to view people’s faces, nature, or even handwritten letters. Can you imagine not being able to read the words on this page and being dependent on other people’s verbal descriptions?
Having the gift of sight is something that we take for granted. When I think about how light passes through our eyes and translated as images in our brains, I am simply amazed with how God designed this function! It’s a miracle in itself, and yet it feels normal because we expect our ability to see to remain with us. Although we pay much more attention to the physical, Jesus wants us to further develop the spiritual aspect of seeing. He wants us to understand our world within the context of God’s desire for our lives.
The blind man must have had that revelation when he heard about the miracles happening in his region. When Jesus was in town, he yelled out his name by the roadside to get his attention, and he pleaded, “Rabbi, let me recover my sight.”
That request is one of my most frequent prayers. I ask the Lord to help me see what he sees, and to hear what he hears. His wisdom and isight are what I desire so I can manage myself and my day sensibly. Where does he want me to go, and what does he want me to do? What must I learn, and who needs my help today? This is a daily prayer, and just like that blind man I will follow him on the way.