Jesus took the blind man by the hand and led him out of the village, and when he had put spit on his eyes and laid hands on them, he asked him, “Can you see anything?” The man said, “I can see people, but they look like trees, walking.” (Mark 8:23-24)
I feel I am living in the land of the walking trees. By this I mean experiencing an incomplete healing like the man from Mark chapter 8, with limited capacity. It is a land familiar to me. I lived there prior to 16 years ago, only receiving a complete healing when my first child was a baby.
Returning to this land now I am confused, disappointed, frustrated, hopeless, out of my depth. My world is turned upside down and I no longer have direction, vision, purpose. But I do have people to love, protect, care for and who love me. And God who accepts and loves me no matter what I “do”.
So I remember: “It doesn’t matter where you are going; it’s who you have beside you” – source unknown. Ω
Reflect: In what ways have you been healed? In what ways has your healing been partial? Who continues to travel with you on this journey? Thank God for these people, and pray for them.
#Lent2021. Real People, Real Stories: 40 Readings for Lent, Sanctuary, 2021. Image credit: Rachel Coyne on Unsplash.
What is this? Lent is the 40 days, excluding Sundays, before Easter. Traditionally it is a time of intense reflection and pilgrimage. To help you on this journey, Sanctuary has put together 40 stories from people both within and beyond the congregation, with associated questions for reflection and prayer. A reading will be uploaded every day of Lent.
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