He looked up and said, “I see people; they look like trees walking around.”
Once more Jesus put his hands on the man’s eyes. Then his eyes were opened, his sight was restored, and he saw everything clearly. (Mark 8:23-25)
Last week we looked at this story from the perspective of creativity as I suggested seeing men as trees walking may not be such a bad idea after all. A large part of our creativity as created beings ourselves has to do with seeing things differently.
One of our Catch members gave me another interpretation of this event that bears looking at. He suggested that Jesus might have healed the man in two stages for the benefit of those of us who would hear this story 2,000 years later when we know much more about the human body, especially the brain and how it works. He suggested that the stages of healing might help us see that the healing really happened.
“People who have had their eye sight surgically restored experience a sensory overload of sorts,” he wrote. “The brain has a hard time making sense out of the new sensory it is called upon to process, much like the reply that ‘I see people walking around like trees.’”
In other words, Jesus healed the man’s sight the first time and his brain the second. He enabled him to interpret properly what he had never seen before. That makes a lot of sense to me as I am becoming more and more aware of the brain and the role it plays in our lives and especially in our healing and our sense of wholeness.
We can have our eyes opened but we need God to touch our minds and help us to think in new ways about God, ourselves and others. A good deal of our problems stem from wrong thinking and those unhealthy ruts in our brains that our thinking has a tendency to fall in just because the paths are so well-worn. Sometimes we refer to this as “old tapes,” but whatever you call it, it will take the touch of God to heal it.
Tonight on our new BlogTalkRadio show we have the unique privilege of talking with a woman who has been a victim of sex trafficking right here in America, and she is going to educate us on what is going on under our noses. In hearing just a little bit about her life, I am thinking about the touch of God that has undoubtedly been necessary to heal her thinking about herself, her past, and her sense of worth. God is so gracious to give us fresh starts, and only He knows how much we need that second touch.
I am constantly aware of holes in my head that prevent me from seeing things the way they really are. Perhaps that second touch of Jesus on the man’s eyes was even more important than the first. How we think can be as debilitating as being blind, and even harder to tell. Let’s all pray for a second touch on our minds that we might be free from the old patterns that keep us from doing His will today.
You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; to be made new in the attitude of your minds; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness. (Ephesians 4:22-24)