Every time I see a problem in my life, I want to fix it immediately.
I know there are more people in this world like me. We are the fixers. The do-ers. “See a need, fill a need” is our motto.
I have screwed up many times because of this mentality. I jump on board trying to fix a problem without seeing what was really going on. I want to fix before I realize why it was broken in the first place. I seek my own answers instead of seeking what God is doing.
It’s kind of like I just got out of the shower, but I’m too impatient to wait for the mirror to clear up. I try to fix myself through a foggy reflection instead of waiting for the condensation to clear.
Like a mirror after a shower, it takes awhile before I finally realize what Jesus is actually doing.
In Mark 8:22-26, Jesus is walking into the town of Bethsaida and is immediately greeted by people who want Jesus to heal their blind friend. “He took the blind man by the hand and led him out of the village, and when He had spit on his eyes and laid His hands on him, He asked him, ‘Do you see anything?’ And he looked up and said, ‘I see people, but they look like trees, walking.’ (Mark 8:23-24 ESV)
This blind man is kind of like us. We were once blind to this world, tricked by our eyes to see what the world wanted us to see. We were all once living in a dark room until the light came into our lives. For some of us, when the light finally came, our vision of the world was still a bit blurry.
We stepped out of the shower and couldn’t see our reflection through the foggy mirror.
So God had to come into our lives once again. “Then Jesus laid his hands on his eyes again; and he opened his eyes, his sight was restored, and he saw everything clearly.” (Mark 8:26)
Jesus’ healing of the man in two stages was intended to emphasize the fact that sometimes we may be clean, but our lives are still blurry. We trust in our vision, and forget to wait for God’s direction. We stare at life through the reflection of a blurry mirror instead of waiting for the condensation to clear.
We have only just stepped out of the shower and our apprehension of Jesus is still unclear.
It takes a little bit of time for a foggy mirror to become clear. With Jesus, it takes a little bit of time for something foggy to become clear.
Some of us try to fix ourselves through a blurry lens without waiting for Jesus to clear up our reflection and show us who we really are. We’ll take our problems and begin to blindly solve them.
What are some of your struggles right now?
I don’t know where you are. I don’t know what you’re going through. But I do know a God who is bigger than any situation you face. And He will show you what you need to do.
If God’s will in your life seems blurry, wait. If Christianity seems foggy, be patient. If there’s something going on in your life that you can’t handle, endure the silence until He clears your vision and shows you what He’s up to.
Without Jesus’ direction you’ll end up driving through the rainstorm with a foggy window. Wait for the defroster to clear up your vision. Wait for the mirror to become clear. Let Jesus show you His direction for your life. Let Jesus show you what He’s been doing before you try to fix it yourself.
Like the blind man, everything will become clear to us. We just need to let Jesus take care of our sight.