Message by William Burch
Life is absolutely FULL of things that we are well aware of coming our way! Bills, taxes, painful anniversaries are just a few. In this fallen world we are unfortunately always hearing of things happening to people that they did not see coming. In fact, these are some of the most painful things to hear about much less experience. I’ve heard stories of people working their whole adult lives for the same company and months before retirement they lose their job. Some people suddenly lose a spouse to tragedy.
Former Heavy weight champion Mike Tyson was quoted saying, “It’s not always the most powerful punch that is thrown in the fight that can knock you out, but it’s the one that you don’t see coming.” All those other punches and jabs, no matter how powerful can be avoided by some fancy foot work and years of training on how to cover the face. It’s the punch they don’t see coming that can take them out. Many a boxer has been injured and even killed by the punch they never even saw.
We have established how realistic this analogy is to real life, but that is not the point of today’s message. Let’s talk about the blessings of God that you never saw coming. I believe most of us can vouch for a time that God did something amazing or stopped something terrible in your life. What a surprise this can be!
For a scriptural reference we will look at Mark 8:22-26 that says, “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.” I felt it prudent to give the entire reference because it’s full of wonderful points.
First of all, you see that when Jesus grabbed his hand he didn’t instantly start complaining about his condition. He didn’t ask Jesus, “Why did this happen to me? What did I do to deserve this?” No, he caught a revelation of who Jesus was instantly. I’m sure he had heard the stories about Jesus and if his friends had taken him to see Jesus he knew it was for good reason. He just took His hand and submitted to what would happen next.
The second thing we see is that Jesus led him out of the villiage. He wanted him away from the naysayers and doubters. He drew him out to a new location for his miracle. There are times in life that we outgrow some folks and some places. When we take spiritual leaps in our lives it is important to look around and see who made the leap with you. Some people are perfectly happy living in situations that are no longer healthy for you. It doesn’t make you better than them, just changed and you need to find those running along side you to push you to go even further in the Lord.
Lastly, we see the fact that Jesus spits in his eyes. Now I don’t know about you, but if someone tries to spit in my eye…I’m not just going to stand there! I’m going to duck or something to avoid this. However, this man was blind so he didn’t even know to duck. The result of just standing there was that Jesus actually spit in His eye. I know it sounds gross, but just remember spit contains a person’s DNA! The actual DNA from the Son of God went into his eyes and he was healed! If he had been able to see it coming he may have moved away and missed his healing!
There are those of you reading this that God is getting ready to touch your body and heal you when you won’t see it coming. Some of you have been struggling financially and He is going to bless you when you don’t see it coming. Why? First of all He is your Heavenly Father and He loves you, but it’s not just for you. There are folks out there that need to witness and hear about your miracle so that they can meet Jesus for the first time. Some need to be restored to Jesus as well.
God is the God of suddenlies and when He touches your life it might be the touch you never saw coming!