I was blind and now I see! Good enough.

I was blind and now I see! Good enough.


I was on a weekend retreat in the Mountains of Tennessee and North Carolina with some coworkers. I had anticipated before the trip that I would experience a lot of healing, or rather, I assumed I would have time to slow down and piece together all the lessons that have been unfolding over the last year. I don’t know about you but over the last several years I have been able to sense God wanting to do something in me and through me. I have always felt that nudging, but just this year I was willing to let it go in a different way and at a different level that I never thought I would experience. I would not have experienced that if I would have been satisfied with ‘good enough’.
I’m reminded of a story in Mark 8:22-25 about a man who Jesus laid hands on and healed his eyesight where he could see ‘men walking around and they look like trees’. and verse 25 states ‘then Jesus laid his hands on his eyes again; and he opened his eyes, his sight was restored, and he saw everything clearly. ‘ I got to thinking; what if the man, when he opened his eyes the first time, would have said “yes, I see, I see well enough…this is good enough”? He would have still received his healing, he would have still been touched by Jesus and he would have still led many people to Christ through his testimony. But I wonder if he would have always wondered if it could have been better, like, there could have been more?
It got me thinking of my own spiritual blindness as it relates to my physical blindness. I shared in a previous post, I was blind and now I see, how I had cataracts so severely that when they removed them I literally experienced that feeling of how those men who were healed of blindness may have felt. I could see so well in fact, that I have not worn glasses for three years. Since my first surgery in April of 2021. I thought I could see clearly, until last week when someone asked to see my glasses that I have had since July of 2021 after my second surgery. I placed them on and could see SO MUCH BETTER- completely clear, no glare due to my astigmatism and I could see clearly to read a poem I have framed on the other side of the office that I have never been able to read.
All this led me to think about how that relates to my ability to help people on their healing journeys. I have lots of interventions to use and I can be present with them in their pain and they do receive healing and that healing can be transferred through their families and trajectories can be changed and legacies can become something to be proud of in their ancestral line. But I wonder how many of us settle for good enough? Like, how I am with my glasses.  I certainly see good enough to never wear them.  I probably would still not even be thinking about my glasses and my vision if I hadn’t seen how good it really could be.  And just like I’ve been in my emotional and spiritual healing, I can choose to settle for good enough and choose to not wear my glasses.  Or, I could choose to see clearly – the choice is mine.  Tomorrow in Therapy Thursday we will talk about the power and freedom of choices.  

Lord, thank you for your healing and your sovereignty in doing it in stages.  Help us to remember that we can only make real heart change with the leading and guidance of the Holy Spirit.  Thank you Jesus that you came among us to pay the price for our sin and for dying and leaving the very breath of God to indwell in us!  Help us to grasp that we are fully loved and fully empowered to overcome death, sin and the grave because Jesus already did, we just need to walk in the victory!!! 

"Thank you for telling me what I needed to hear and not what I wanted to hear; and doing it in the most loving and stern way I've ever seen!"
- Amanda I.

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