Some people brought a sightless man and begged Jesus to give him a healing touch . . .He put spit in the man's eyes, laid hands on him, and asked, "Do you see anything?" He looked up. "I see men. They look like walking trees." So Jesus laid hands on his eyes again. The man looked hard and realized that he had recovered perfect sight, saw everything in bright, twenty-twenty focus. ~ Mark 8:22-26 (The Message)
Last night I sat outside until the wee hours of the morning. Only one meteor passed within sight, but it was worth the wait. In a blur that looked like a pitcher of milk splashed across a blackened canvas, a meteor came zooming out of the northeast. It seemed like its trajectory barely cleared the tree tops.
If you have never given your eyes time to adjust to darkness you will be pleasantly surprised when you do so. The contrast is dramatic. Those who have researched such matters tell us that within 20-30 minutes our eyes can fully adapt from bright sunlight to complete darkness and become one million times more sensitive than at full daylight (Wikipedia). I have found this to be true on many an occasion -- staring into one quadrant of the sky, stars began to appear that were once invisible, but first I had to stay in the blackness.
My astronomical investment of time brought great dividends -- this morning the story of Jesus healing a blind man in stages came to mind. Rather than restoring his sight with one divine act, after Jesus' first touch he asked the man, What do you see? The man replied, I see men. They look like walking trees. Men are not trees and trees are not men (I bet you already knew that). But it did take a space of time, and a second touch, before the blind man's eyesight was completely restored, and he actually knew what was going on in the world around him.
In our journey with God it may be late in life before we realize that we have been living in some sort of complete spiritual darkness, or perhaps we have stumbled through seasons of personal blindness. In either case, like the blind man Jesus healed, our ability to finally perceive may have been a process of slow change and multiple encounters with God. Then, all of a sudden the Spirit of God transformed our day vision into night vision, and the reality of our spiritual environment came into focus.
When full sight is graciously given -- it is worth the wait.