I see men as trees

Mark 8:22-25
And he cometh to Bethsaida; and they bring a blind man unto him, and besought him to touch him. And he took the blind man by the hand, and led him out of the town; and when he had spit on his eyes, and put his hands upon him, he asked him if he saw ought. And he looked up, and said, I see men as trees, walking. After that he put his hands again upon his eyes, and made him look up: and he was restored, and saw every man clearly.

It was a little over thirty years ago I confessed the Lord Jesus Christ as my Savior.I didn’t realize it then but  because of pride or wanting so much to be right there were times I did not see clearly. I was half blind, out of focus. Pride was an issue, I wanted to show everyone how much I knew. This  pride, arrogance and wanting to be as holy or sanctified as the others caused me to miss what God had for me, until I later learned humble myself, just go for Jesus.

The scripture says Jesus spit upon the man’s eyes and put His hands upon him and asked “what do you see?”.  The man said I see men as trees walking. In other words a part of his vision had returned but it was clouded, not clear. This was my problem in the early days of my Christianity. I thought I could see. Never seeing before, I thought I could see. But the man told the Lord that it was out of focus, he could see but not clearly. I believe, being prideful and zealous, still filled with myself I gave a different answer, my answer was “I can see, I can see”. Truth was I was half blind.

I recall some years later, I was ministering in a mission church and was preparing that evening. I came across this particular passage again. As I read it, I began to weep. Had I become so right and so much about me and who I was and what I, I, I, was doing that I was seeing men as trees?  The service was beginning and I was weeping. The praise and worship was going on and I was weeping. The praise and worship had completed, and I was weeping. I was introduced to come and minister, and I was weeping. Through my tears, I delivered the message The message was for me that night, and many others received it as well. I needed another touch from Jesus. I needed to humble myself and admit I had become half blind. The Lord touched me that night and taught me about humility. In me there is nothing without Him, It’s really not about me or you and never has been. When I believe I have arrived, I am slipping back. When we promote who we are, we don’t promote who Jesus is. We are losing our sight, blinded by pride.

There is an important message to the church here in these scriptures. Pride, accomplishment, fame, fortune, power and notoriety can cause blindness. We can be so consumed in who we are or what we have become, we become the focus, little by little our vision begins to fade, slowly over time. We don’t even realize it. We think we still see clearly, but we have lost clarity, humility and the way. We become half blind.

Thank God there is a cure in Jesus Christ. We we can go to Jesus. We can humble ourselves and kneel before Him and say Lord I am not seeing clearly. At times I loose my way, you see my vision isn’t clear, I see men as trees.
Would you pray with me and let’s ask the Lord Jesus Christ to lay His hands upon us once again and clear our vision, clean out those things that must go and give us the right focus. Let’s turn our eyes and hearts to Him, Jesus Christ, His cross, His blood, His word, His command. Lord we are nothing without you, justify us, sanctify us, heal us Father. Fresh anointing in you Lord. Father touch us again and restore our sight and our vision as we keep our eyes on you Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, Amen.

You know there’s a song that says:
Turn your eyes upon Jesus,
Look full in His wonderful face,
And the things of earth will grow strangely dim,
In the light of His glory and grace.

Let us turn toward Jesus.
Minister C. J. DiPasquale

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