Retouched – Mark 8:22-26

Mark 8:22-26 Jesus Heals a Blind Man at Bethsaida: They came to Bethsaida, and some people brought a blind man and begged Jesus to touch him. He took the blind man by the hand and led him outside the village. When he had spit on the man’s eyes and put his hands on him, Jesus asked, “Do you see anything?” 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. Jesus sent him home, saying, “Don’t even go into the village.”

I spent several hours working on an old photo that I had scanned into the computer for a friend. It was a wedding photo of his mother and father taken nearly a hundred years ago. I painstakingly took out every blemish and imperfection that I could. I worked on bringing back the contrast and exposure. I retouched the photo and adjusted the sharpness. It looked really good if I do say so myself.

As I was working on the photo I thought about how nice it would be if we could retouch our lives just as easily. If only we could take out the imperfections of our lives. If only we could make those things that don’t honor God disappear. If only we could retouch the bad habits, sins, guilt, shame, anger, bitterness, gossip, and impurity that stains and spots our lives and messes up the beautiful photo God wants to make of our lives.

We can’t do it. But God can. In this story from Mark we see how the man needed retouched. Jesus touched his eyes once but either a lack of faith or some unrepentant sin must have kept it from working. Jesus had to retouch him. Why do I think it was a lack of faith or unrepentant sin? Because Jesus gave him instructions to go straight home and not anywhere else. His heart’s desire can sometimes get in the way and make the perfect picture stained once more.

In my weight loss journey I know that I have to rely on the second touch of Jesus. I am too tempted by the desire to eat things that aren’t good for me. I am too weak to keep from going back for seconds or thirds or… you get the picture. Jesus is able to retouch this photo. He then tells me to go straight home so I won’t be tempted by the buffets, bakeries, and burgers.

Dear God, Thank your for your grace, strength, and love. You have retouched my live so many times. I worship you for you are worthy of Glory, and Honor, and Praise. Thank you for your Son, Jesus, and your church. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.

“For what shall we do when we wake one day to find we have lost touch with our heart and with it the very refuge where Gods presence resides?”
-John Eldredge

“We pray that God would touch you and fill your life afresh with His grace and mercy so youll know that you are blessed. For you deserve some time out to relax in Gods love and reflect on Him with thankfulness for His blessings from above.’
-M S Lowndes

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