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He Noticed a Man

As He (Jesus) passed along He noticed a man blind from his birth.  John 9:1 AMPC

I confess: I often race through the day.

Often, I don’t look up long enough to see the faces of those Jesus has placed in my path. Regular folks, walking out their own blind-from-birth trials who just need to be noticed. So busy with my life and schedule that I neglect God’s schedule and His purposes for me.

Jesus noticed a man as He walked along the dusty roads of His world. A lonely beggar described as “blind from his birth.”

I’m immediately struck by two points. First, Jesus noticed the man in the first place. Didn’t He have important people to see and places to go? Didn’t the Savior have a Jerusalem daily planner to follow, demons to cast out, or seas to calm?

Second, though this man was challenged by his blindness-from-birth condition and though he was close enough for Jesus to see him, the man remains silent as the Healer walks by. We read nothing of him calling out to Jesus for help. If I were in his shoes, I imagine I would have yelled, pleaded, or begged for Jesus’ attention. Yet, he remains silent until Jesus presses the issue.

Perhaps, the blind man’s silence speaks loudly of one who couldn’t bear the possibility of another disappointment. Another emotional roller coaster of dashed hopes. Or maybe he had grown so accustomed and comfortable in his pain that he no longer pursued healing. His pain had become so normal that he settled into it like an old chair. If so, Jesus put His finger on the comfort zone of this man’s painful normalcy and offered him deliverance.

Our Lord takes the time to notice us. To even seek us out when we don’t have the good sense to cry out. He comes to us in all our brokenness—pursuing us, loving us, and putting His finger on our blind-from-birth condition as He initiates the longing for authentic healing and wholeness. 

Have you considered that Jesus notices you?

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Becky White

Becky White is a contributing author of Whispers of Wisdom for Single Mom's and Every Good and Perfect Gift, both published by Barbour Publishing. She also contributed to The Complete Guide to Christian Quotations, also by Barbour. Her first published work was a poem in a 2007 edition of the Billy Graham Evangelical Association, Decision magazine. In addition, Becky has self-published an auto biography titled Come Forth as Gold, two devotionals: Shelter from the Storm and Stony Paths. Becky and her husband attend Rock City Church and serve together at Columbus Dream Center. Becky writes a weekly devotion for her blog, Devotions for Difficult Days. The Whites have a family of seven grown children, eight grandchildren and one great-grandson. They make their home in Columbus, Ohio. You can connect with Becky at www.DevotionsForDifficultDays.