Tour Guide

Whenever you go to visit a place you’ve never been to before, you might hire a tour guide to take you around and show you the sights and sounds of the place you are visiting. The reason why you would want a tour guide is because they can show you things you would never have thought of seeing because they have been to places you’ve never been to before.

You wouldn’t want to hire someone who has never been to the place before because they wouldn’t be able to take you where you’ve never been. They wouldn’t know where to direct you. They wouldn’t know where to lead you. They wouldn’t know where to guide you.

Mark records an interesting encounter between Jesus and a blind man that takes place in Bethsaida. This is what Mark writes:

“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.” (Mark 8:22-26 NIV)

Every time I read this encounter, I always wonder why Jesus took the blind man out of the city away from the crowd. I don’t think that it was because Jesus was crowd shy because He always performed miracles in front of the crowds. I don’t think it was because Jesus felt insecure. I don’t even believe it was because Jesus thought He was incapable of restoring the blind man’s sight. So why was it? Why did Jesus lead the man away from the crowd and out of the city? Why didn’t Jesus just heal the man right then and there?

Mark doesn’t tell us how long this man was blind but we can assume it was from birth and because of that this man probably had never been outside of Bethsaida. With that in mind, Jesus led this man to a place he had never been to before. Therefore, I believe the reason why Jesus took this man out of the city was to make a point that in order to be taken to a place in our life that we’ve never been before we need to trust Jesus to guide us there even though we can’t see where He is leading us. Jesus can lead us to the place we’ve never been because, just like a tour guide, He has already been to the place we’ve have never been.

Have the faith to trust Jesus to lead you even when you can’t see where you’re going. See if you are not taken to places in your life that you’ve never been to before and that you could have only imagined.

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