I enjoy the Gospel of John. In chapter 9, Jesus travels through a village. He saw a blind man on the side of the road. The man didn’t call out to Jesus. He wasn’t like the blind man Bartimaeus who said, “Please Jesus, have mercy and heal me.” This man was just quietly sitting there, and Jesus went to him.
There are many examples in the Bible where people used their faith, reached out to God and received their miracle. The woman with the issue of blood fought her way through the crowd, touched the edge of Jesus’ robe, and she was instantly made whole. The lepers cried out, “Jesus, please heal us.” Jesus healed them. An army captain came and said, “Jesus, if You’ll just speak the Word, my little daughter at home that’s so sick will be healed.” Jesus spoke and the daughter was well. These people all initiated their miracle. They reached out in faith and saw God’s goodness.
God is so merciful and loving. There are times like this blind man when we feel burdened and our faith is weak. Times when we don’t reach out. But God reaches out to us. If it would be dependent on his faith, or what he was/wasn’t asking for, Jesus wouldn’t have stopped to help this blind man. He didn’t show any signs of faith. He was just sitting there minding his own business, still Jesus went to him.
I think it’s interesting that Jesus didn’t ask the man if he had faith or what he believed. Jesus simply made some mud, placed it over the blind man’s eyes, and told him to go wash it off in the pool of Salome. Some friends led him to the pool, he washed it off, and his eyes were instantly opened. He could see perfectly clear. I can’t imagine being aware of the ability to see for the first time. He probably ran home as fast as he could, and saw his family. Maybe that night he looked up into the sky and saw the stars twinkling. And God wants to do the same thing for you!
Maybe you think that you’ve reached your limits. Maybe the medical report doesn’t look good and you’re weary. You’ve been single a long time and feel like you’ll ever meet the right person. Or you took a step of faith, but the business, or the project didn’t make it. Now you don’t see how you can pay your bills. But like this man, when we don’t have the faith, even when we think it’s impossible God is going to come looking for you and show you His favor like you’ve never seen!