” 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.”
I’ve grown up in the church. I’m certain I heard my first Bible song and my first Bible verse long before I would ever really remember it. I’ve read about Jesus, heard about Jesus, & watched movies about Jesus. He did miracles and I’ve never questioned that. I’ve always believed that he could and did. BUT I will admit I never thought I would see one. I never thought I would be given the chance to be a part of one…until now.
We were working with Orangewalk Baptist Church. It was a Wednesday and my team was headed out to deliver food packages in the afternoon. Just so you know, this team consisted of my home church (which included my Parents!) and a wonderful group of people from Mechanicsville, Virginia. Anyway, we hopped on the bus and headed out. Food Ministry by far is one of my favorite ministries and I absolutely love getting to do it. We began to drop off groups one by one, as we were coming up on a particular house I decided that I wanted Heidi (one of the leaders from Mechanicsville) to head up the next team. I don’t know why but I felt strongly about it. Pretty soon, several others jumped up to join her, including my mother.
Backtracking to go forward…On Sunday during the evening service, Heidi felt as if she should pray for a sweet old lady in the congregation named Sister Dell. Sister Dell was blind. Heidi felt that God wanted to pray for her healing but she didn’t.
Fast Forward to Wednesday…I pick Heidi as the leader for this house. Unknowingly to me, this house belongs to Sister Dell. They walk in and begin to chat with Sister Dell, asking about her life, developing a relationship with her. Then Heidi asks her if they can pray for her, if she wants to be healed. Sister Dell of course says “Yes” but all she has is vegetable oil. They get the oil, anoint her and go around the circle and pray for her. When they finished, Sister Dell opened her eyes and began to cry. They asked “Sister Dell, can you see?!” “Yes!” She began to explain what they were all wearing, what their faces looked like. Sister Dell received her sight.
She was healed. She was given her sight. It still feels weird saying it. It still brings shivers. It still brings astonishment. We witnessed a miracle. We witnessed God at work.
As we are promised in the Bible, God will reward our faithfulness. We are told to pray without ceasing and to simply ask and it will be given to us. We were faithful and God rewarded us. We prayed without ceasing and God answered us. We asked and it was given. May we never again doubt the words of the Lord. His goodness and mercy is abundant. His love endures forever.