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Unconventional Restoration

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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. Mark 8:22­–25

Reacting to God

There isn’t a person reading this devotion who wouldn’t have a reaction if someone came up to you and spit in your face. Honestly, if I had the option of someone spitting on my face or punching me in the face–I would choose the latter, despite the pain.

We equate the action of spitting with disrespect, and rightfully so. However, this scripture says,

“Jesus spit on his eyes.”

Living for God isn’t just about faithfulness. Part of living for God is being willing—willing to allow God to do what He needs to do to bring restoration in our life. He knows the reason for everything He does in your life and you can trust Him, even when you may not understand.

In Need of A Miracle

This story would have turned out differently if the man wasn’t blind, but when you’re blind you have a need. When you are blind you are desperate for God to heal you. When you are blind you have a situation that is outside of your control.

We need to be willing to allow God to do whatever He needs to do in our lives to bring restoration.

God shows up when you have a blinding situation in your life. Will you allow God to spit in your eye?

  • He shows up when you are seeking direction.
  • When your heart is broken, when you have no food in the fridge. He shows up when you get bad news from the doctor or when your spouse says they want a divorce.
  • When you can’t see the end from your beginning, He is there.
  • When you are blinded by the circumstance that is standing before you right now.

God wants you to trust Him to do what He needs to do in your life. Just like Jesus took this blind man by the hand and led him outside of the town, God wants to take you by the hand and lead you outside of your comfort zone–to places you have never been before.

God is asking you “Do you trust me?” “Do you trust the process?” “Do you trust me with this trial?”

God cares more about your future than you do.

It isn’t up to us to understand everything in our life; it’s up to us to trust Him in all things.

 

 

 

Angela Overton

Angela Overton is a lover of words, nature, and coffee. She is an ordained minister with the UPCI, has a Masters Degree in Theology, and loves to teach Bible studies. She and her amazing husband, Michael, pastor in Silver Spring, Maryland.

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