Our verse for today comes from John 9:7, ” And He said to him, ‘Go, wash in the pool of Siloam’ (which is translated, Sent). So he went and washed, and came back seeing. “
I have never known a blind person. That fact seems odd to me. With nearly one out of every 100 people in this country suffering from blindness, it seems likely that after forty-eight years, I would have known someone who cannot see. But that is not the case. Jesus, however, met them on a regular basis. And in this instance, the man had been blind from birth. He had never seen a thing. That’s extremely hard to imagine. I’ve heard of magnificent reactions by people who see the ocean for the very first time, or who never knew their parents and one day get to finally meet them in person. But to never have seen anything at all, that is a state to which there can be little comparison. So it strikes me as unusual that during the entire encounter with this man, while Jesus stands before him, giving His lesson about God’s sovereignty and glory and sin, and puts spit-soaked dirt on his eyes, that he utters not a word. But silent he remains. And then Jesus sends him off on a journey. This man who has never seen a street sign or a road map or the stones that might trip him up, is sent by Jesus to the other side of town to wash the gunk off his face. And the Bible simply says that ” he went and washed, and came back seeing. “
Now, that’s understating it almost as much as when we learned that God said, ” Let there be light, and there was light. ” If there was ever a time for fireworks and hoopla, creating everything from nothing would certainly qualify. And giving sight to a man who had never seen ranks right up there as well. But this man, who could see nothing and was promised nothing, fumbled his way through town to wash a face he had no idea was how dirty. But he did it. What else was he going to do? Ah hah. What else, that’s what keeps you and me from following Jesus’ instructions. The other options that don’t require blind faith and unknown results. They are doable, and so that’s what we do. I’ve never known a blind man, but I obviously could benefit from using a little less sight.
As we seek Him today, look and listen and think and feel. And then brush it all aside, and take a step in faith.