October 30, 2013


Old age is creeping up on me. In December I decided to have my eyes tested once again. The exam confirmed what I already knew: I needed distance glasses for driving. Night driving had become a real problem for me, so I tried to avoid driving at night as much as possible. It’s quite amazing how much better I can see with my new glasses. Night driving is no longer a problem; my vision is sharp and clear.

There are times in our spiritual lives when our vision becomes fuzzy. We see, but we do not see clearly.

Jesus performed a fascinating miracle upon a blind man whose vision was completely gone. After touching his eyes, Jesus asked the man if he could see. The man responded, “I see people; they look like trees walking around” (Mark 8:24). The blind man saw, but his vision was not clear. Then Scripture records that Jesus touched the man’s eyes a second time “and he saw everything clearly” (verse 25).

This is the only miracle in the Bible that Jesus worked in two stages. It has extreme significance for our own spiritual journey. There are times that our spiritual vision is cloudy and divine realities seem obscure. Heaven may seem far away. At times like this we too need “the second touch.”

Jesus is the divine optometrist; He is a vision specialist. “Fixing our eyes on Jesus” (Heb. 12:2) our spiritual vision is renewed. The words of a wise old preacher are still true: “If you look within your own heart, you will be depressed. If you look around you, you will be distressed. But if you look to Jesus, you will be blessed.”

Why not take a long look, a really long look, at Jesus today?