When Jesus and his disciples came to Bethsaida, some people brought a blind man to him and begged Jesus to heal him by touching him. Taking the man by the hand, Jesus led him out of the village. Jesus spat upon the man’s eyes and then laid his hands over them.
He then asked – “Are you able to see anything now?” The man looked up and said “I see people, but they look like tree trunks walking around.”
Jesus placed his hands over the man’s eyes again and his vision was fully restored. Jesus sent him home, saying “Don’t go back into the village or tell anyone there.”
So many truths in this story. One truth that struck me recently is the partial healing before the complete healing. Sometimes, God takes us only so far until the perfect time for complete healing!
Yes! We have to trust that God will heal us when it is the right time, and in the right way. This is the only example of a partial healing that I’ve seen. What is funny to me is that in a very close reading of the story, Jesus asks the man if he can see while Jesus still has his hands over his eyes. It doesn’t say that he’s taken them off yet – so how could anybody see through someone’s hands?