This morning I realized how much hair I had on my hairbrush. Not only was it a little gross, but it was also sad that I hadn’t realized this much sooner. Hadn’t I noticed that my hairbrush wasn’t being very helpful? I just took a moment to realize my hairbrush’s need to be cleared up and it was an easy fix.
It’s not as an easy fix for a blind person to see, especially back when Jesus lived 2,000+ years ago. They were very aware of their own need to be healed. They were so aware that they didn’t even care how other people were reacting to their longing to be healed. They most likely had heard of Jesus before this from the many people who had been with Him, seeing Him in action and healing people. When they heard He was coming, they shouted for Him to have mercy on them. When people yelled at them to shut up (essentially), they yelled even louder! Talk about wanting that hair off your hairbrush!
You can look more at this passage below and see from the story that Jesus ended up touching their eyes and healing them. Amazing! However, the thought I want to look at for a moment is the blind men’s amazing, unashamed awareness of their need for help, for healing. They simply didn’t care anymore who was trying to silence them.
It’s easy as a coach, parent, in our careers and relationships, to act like you have everything under control. And I’m sure there are some things that you do. But if we’re honest, there’s something with one of our players or co-workers or friends or family members that is getting more hair on it than usual (metaphorically speaking, ha!). We’ve looked at the hairbrush for so long that we don’t realize how much hair is really there. Sometimes it just takes a moment to humbly look at the situation or the relationship and recognize that we need backup, it is a bit out of control and not in a healthy spot. It also requires an acceptance of some people questioning you or facing opposition as the blind men did.
What is it in your life that requires some good ol’ confession to God and people for your need for help? For less hair on the hairbrush?
“30 Two blind men were sitting beside the road. When they heard that Jesus was coming that way, they began shouting, “Lord, Son of David, have mercy on us!”31 “Be quiet!” the crowd yelled at them. But they only shouted louder, “Lord, Son of David, have mercy on us!” 32 When Jesus heard them, he stopped and called, “What do you want me to do for you?” 33 “Lord,” they said, “we want to see!” 34 Jesus felt sorry for them and touched their eyes. Instantly they could see! Then they followed him.” -Matthew 20:30-34